US Reportedly Negotiating With TalibanCourtesy: US Defense Department Guantanamo Bay
According to some accounts, the Obama Administration is said to be negotiating with the Afghan Taliban to attempt to secure the release of the only known US prisoner of war in Afghanistan. The accounts suggest that the administration may be willing to secure his release through an exchange with the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay.
The Obama administration has decided to revive talks with the Afghan Taliban in an effort to free the only known American soldier in captivity in exchange for the release of Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, The Washington Post reported late Monday.
Five Taliban prisoners who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in exchange for the release of Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2009, the newspaper reported, citing current and former U.S. officials familiar with the decision.
The Post reported that senior officials from the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies decided within the past month to allow the release of all five prisoners at the same time, though the exchange offer has not been formally made.
The report comes a month after U.S. officials confirmed they’d received a video showing Bergdahl, 27, in poorer health than previous footage taken in the years since he went missing in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Bergdahl was based on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska when he was captured.