Parents acknowledge abstruse attempts to chargeless U.S. soldier
Frustrated by what they said are adjourned efforts to chargeless a U.S. soldier taken captive three years ago in Afghanistan, the man’s parents accept gone accessible with ahead abstruse U.S. attempts to barter him for Taliban prisoners in U.S. hands.
Bob Bergdahl and his wife, Jani Bergdahl, said in interviews that they are anxious the U.S. government hasn’t done abundant to defended the absolution of their son, 26-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
“There is a activating actuality that has to change,” Bob Bergdahl said in an account with the Idaho Mountain Express. “Everybody is balked with how boring the activity has evolved.”
Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, was captured in June 2009 and is believed captivated by the Haqqani network, an anarchical accumulation affiliated with the Taliban, apparently about in Pakistan. He is the accountable of a proposed captive bandy in which the Obama administering would acquiesce the alteration of 5 Taliban prisoners continued captivated at the U.S. aggressive bastille at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
The Obama administering had formed out a framework accord to forward those prisoners to Qatar, area they would be beneath some anatomy of apart abode arrest or supervision, while Bergdahl would be alternate to the U.S. military.
The proposed accord has been in limbo for months and faces austere activity in Congress if it anytime gets off the ground. The Taliban absolved abroad from talks in March, adage the U.S. had reneged on several promises. The Obama administering is aggravating several gambits to restart talks, including proposing looser agreement for the apprehension or ecology of at atomic one of the Guantanamo prisoners aloft their release, two U.S. admiral told The Associated Press.
The admiral batten on activity of anonymity because the talks are acute and elements of the U.S. assurance with the Taliban are classified.
The Associated Press has periodically appear on Bergdahl’s case aback his capture. But the account bureau had agreed aback endure year not to address on the proposed captive bandy and advancing negotiations at the appeal of the Pentagon and White House, on the area that accessible altercation would endanger Bergdahl’s life.
With accessible altercation of the accord Wednesday by Bergdahl’s parents, the AP and added account organizations appear the proposed swap.
Bob Bergdahl told the Idaho bi-weekly that swapping Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo for his son represents a “win-win” for the United States. He said in accession to his son’s safe return, the United States could advance acceptable will with the Afghan people.
The imprisonment of doubtable militants at Guantanamo is an irritant in U.S. relations with Muslim nations including Afghanistan, which has continued accepted the absolution of its citizens captivated aback anon afterwards the U.S. aggression that agitated the Taliban government in Kabul in 2001.
A chief U.S. aggressive official said the Pentagon believes Bergdahl to be alive, in almost acceptable bloom and in bondage about forth the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The official batten on activity of anonymity because efforts to chargeless Bergdahl abide sensitive.
A chief Obama administering official, aswell speaking on activity of anonymity because of apropos for Bergdahl’s safety, told reporters that the case has been a affair at anniversary of several absolute affairs that U.S. admiral accept captivated with the Taliban. Absolute contact, already anathema for the United States, began in abstruse endure year in hopes that the approach could acceleration beyond accord talks with the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai and ultimately end the continued Taliban insurgency.
The official said the U.S. hopes to animate the Bergdahl accord with the Taliban.
Bob Bergdahl said he and his wife are acquisitive for a peaceful resolution, finer one that doesn’t put added American soldiers in danger.
“We don’t wish to see Americans killed,” he told the Idaho paper.
Even so, he said the time for a change in activity has come, and that he hopes renewed accessible absorption to their son’s plight would advice defended his release.
“I’m blame it hard,” Bob Bergdahl said.
The Bergdahls did not acknowledge to a appeal for animadversion from the AP.
Marine Col. David Lapan, agent for Gen. Martin Dempsey, administrator of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters that the aggressive has a “collaborative” accord with Bergdahl’s family, which is accustomed anniversary updates from Washington. He said the ancestors is not brash on whether to altercate the case with the account media.
“Our bulletin to them is: We are alive harder to access Sgt. Bergdahl’s release, to accompany him aback into U.S. hands,” Lapan said.
Asked about the family’s complaint that the U.S. government has not done enough, Lapan said: “It’s altogether barefaced that parents whose son has been kept in bondage for several years now are frustrated. We absolutely accept that. That’s why we do aggregate affair we can to try to accumulate them updated, to the admeasurement we can.”
He added: “If they are affronted and/or frustrated, that is absolutely understandable. I would say that our leaders are balked as well.”
Bowe Bergdahl abolished June 30, 2009, while deployed with his U.S. Army unit. He’s spent three birthdays in captivity.
To accost abutment for added action, Bob Bergdahl affairs to allege at an anniversary affirmation to admit prisoners of war over Memorial Day weekend in Washington. The event, organized by the nonprofit POW abutment accumulation Rolling Thunder, about attracts added than 100,000 motorcyclists to the nation’s capital.
“With all that’s traveling on, we absolutely charge a adept aisle to get this resolved,” Bob Bergdahl said.