© 2021 Boise State Public Radio
WebHeader_3.png
NPR in Idaho
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
We are currently experiencing an outage across our news & music services. Our engineers are working to troubleshoot and isolate the issue.
Politics & Government
00000176-d8fc-dce8-adff-faff728f0003Bowe Bergdahl was born on March 28, 1986 to Bob and Jani Bergdahl in Sun Valley, Idaho. Bowe was raised in neighboring Hailey, Idaho, where his parents still live.On June 30, 2009, then 23-year-old Bowe Bergdahl is widely reported to have walked off his Army base in Afghanistan. Less than a month later, the Washington Post reports, Bergdahl appeared in the first of several Taliban-affiliated videos. In it, Bergdahl "says he was captured after lagging behind during a patrol," writes the Post.Here's a timeline of events.May 2008: Bergdahl enlists in the U.S. ArmyJune 30, 2009: Bergdahl reported missingJuly 2, 2009: CNN reports a U.S. military official says Bergdahl is being held by the clan of warlord Siraj Haqqani.July 18, 2009: The Taliban posts a video of Bergdahl.Dec. 25, 2009: Bergdahl's captor's release a second video of the solider.April 7, 2010: The Washington Post reports that the Taliban "posts a video showing Bergdahl pleading to be sent home and saying the war in Afghanistan is not worth the human cost."June 2010: The U.S. Army promotes Bergdahl to specialist.Dec. 7, 2010: CNN reports Bergdahl's captors release a 45-minute video showing a thinner soldier.Feb. 2011: Bergdahl's captors release another video.May 6, 2011: Bergdahl's father, Bob, posts a YouTube video asking for his son's release.June 16, 2011: The U.S. Army promotes Bergdahl to sergeant.May 9, 2012: Bob and Jani Bergdahl give an interview to the New York Times. The Bergdahls say the U.S. government is engaged in secret negotiations with the Taliban over a possible prisoner swap.June 6, 2013: Bergdahl’s family announces that “through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son.”Jan. 15, 2014: Bergdahl's captors release a proof-of-life video. Still unreleased publicly, the video reportedly shows Bergdahl in declining health.Feb. 23, 2014: The Taliban says it suspended prisoner-swap talks with the United States government.April 24, 2014: The U.S. government says prisoner-swap talks aren't disorganized. May 31, 2014: The U.S. government announces Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released by his captors in exchange for five U.S. detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.March 25, 2015: Following a U.S. Military investigation, the Army announced Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be charged with desertion, avoiding military service, and misbehavior before the enemy.This information was compiled from various media reports including The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, The Associated Press, Northwest News Network.

On Bergdahl Swap, Defense Secretary Says U.S. 'Bends Over Backward' To Return American POWs

ashcarter_today_show.jpg
Today Show Screengrab
/

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Tuesday commented on statements made by the Obama administration surrounding the release of former prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in an interview on NBC’s Today Show.

Bergdahl is a Hailey, Idaho native who was exchanged in 2014 for five U.S. detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Begdahl was held for nearly five years in Afghanistan by a Taliban group after being captured when he walked off his U.S. Army base.

Last week Bergdahl was charged with desertion.

Today’s Savannah Guthrie asked Carter if the Obama administration had made a mistake in saying Bergdahl had served with honor, and if they knew there were at least questions about his service.

“There clearly is an investigation going on right now," Carter said. "I really don’t want to get into that. We do have a principle, we bend over backward, in favor of trying to return an American service member.”

Carter said at the time of the prisoner swap, no one fully knew the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl leaving his base. But Carter would not say what the administration did or didn’t know.

The Bergdahl portion of the interview begins at 2:20.

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Copyright 2015 Boise State Public Radio