Sgt Bowe Bergdahl: Handover from Taliban to U.S. Special Forces

While this video is still being reviewed by the Pentagon for authenticity (at the time of this post), a Pentagon spokesperson said it appears the video is indeed that of  the  handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban to members of the United States Special Forces.  The video was originally obtained from a Jihadist website.  In the video, Bowe seems slightly confused about the event that is taking place.  One can see how much he has aged during the five years that he was held captive.  In the video, Special Forces members are seen to quickly accept the transfer of  Bowe and then hurry him to the waiting Black Hawk helicopter.  Before Bowe is released, one of the Taliban fighters warns him “Don’t come back to Afghanistan.”  The entire handover only takes seconds. The handover reportedly took place in Khost Province in Eastern Afghanistan near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Follow HERE to read more about the handover and to watch the video

 

 

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl: Freedom, day one, two, three in the news

2014 6JUNE 1 Boise news conference kboi2

Bob and Jani Bergdahl give a full news conference in Boise, Idaho. They address Bowe and give thanks to those who have supported Bowe and the Bergdahl family throughout Bowe’s period of captivity.

Watch the video at kboi2.com

Also read Bergdahl family speaks out about POW’s return at MSNBC.com

 Bowe Bergdahl RELEASED Hailey reacts (video)

“Sgt. Bergdahl’s hometown reacts with tears of joy”

Watch video comments and hear from residents of Hailey, Idaho

See Channel 3000 video for more comments.

Bowe Bergdahl in Germany

 

From the Associated Press:

“The U.S. soldier freed in Afghanistan after being held for nearly five years by insurgents has arrived at an American military hospital in Germany. It’s not immediately clear how long he will stay there before continuing to the United States.”

Read more

 

Bob and Jani Bergdahl at White House press conference

See NBC News VIDEO of Bowe & Jani Bergdahl speaking in the White House Rose Garden about Bowe’s release.

From NBC News:

President Barack Obama and the parents of newly freed prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl thanked the military and the country in an emotional Rose Garden press conference Saturday.

“We just can’t communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president,” father Bob Bergdahl said.

Read more and see video at NBC News of Bob and Jani Bergdahl speaking at the White House.

 

 

Bowe Bergdahl held prisoner by the Haqqani network

It was another day in nearly five years of captivity for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and he didn’t know what the 18 Taliban fighters had in store for him Saturday.

There, in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, the heavily armed fighters turned Bergdahl over to U.S. military commandos.

The soldier’s plight had come to an end.

Within minutes he was airborne. The helicopter’s rotors whooped so loudly that Bergdahl couldn’t communicate clearly with the men on board.

So he grabbed a paper plate and wrote three characters: “SF?”

The men understood: Special Forces?

Read MORE at CNN

 

2014 5MAY 31 Bob Jani Pres Obama after press conference

From CNN:

President Barack Obama, flanked by the parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl at the White House on Saturday, praised the diplomatic officials and troops who helped secure the release of the American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war.

Read MORE at CNN

 

 

 

 

Balloon bunch RWB

 

From the Idaho Statesman:

A truck circled the streets in downtown Hailey on Saturday morning carrying a sign with the news that residents had waited five long years to hear: Bowe Bergdahl had been set free.

The celebration began immediately.

Read MORE at the Idaho Statesman

 

 

 

MORE STORIES: 

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USA Today:  Bowe Bergdahl’s parents: Our son faces a long recovery

CNN:  Tears of joy: Idaho hometown of Bowe Bergdahl prepares homecoming

KBOI2Governor: ‘We join all of Idaho and America in expressing our joy’ 

CNN:  Bowe Bergdahl, U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan, freed in swap

CNN:  Hagel: U.S. acted fast to save Bowe Bergdahl’s life

FOX News:  Small Idaho town makes plans to welcome home US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

USA Today:  Obama: Bergdahl ‘was never forgotten’

NBC News:  Taliban Spin: We Treated Captive as ‘Guest’ 

CNN:  Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Flight to freedom

Wall Street Journal:  Video and Transcript: Remarks by President Obama and Bowe Bergdahl’s Parents

 

 

“Coming Home”: We hope for the day we can say Bowe is coming home.

We often interact with Bowe Supporters who are from the U.K., Canada and Australia. It’s really great to know that Bowe has worldwide support. Like the United States, each of these countries has troops serving as members of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force.) Sometimes in Afghanistan service members from the U.S. work together with service members from the U.K.. Canada and Australia. With that in mind, we want to share a video with you. The soldiers singing together in the video are from the U.K. and the U.S.A. It’s called “Coming Home”.  All of us who are supporters of SGT Bowe Bergdahl long for the day we can shout “He’s coming home!”

Sgt Bowe Bergdahl turns 28 years-old today.

SGT Bowe Bergdahl 28th birthday

 

Today is Bowe’s 28th birthday. While birthdays are typically a cause for celebration, the thought that Bowe has now seen five birthdays come and go while in captivity is heartbreaking. This is why today, Bowe’s birthday, is a day of solemness. We reflect on it in our own way and it motivates us all differently for different reasons. But in the end what we all want, what we pray for, is that Bowe will soon return home to his family, to the place that is safe and familiar.

Maybe today we can all tell somebody that a friend who you’ve never met is having a birthday, that his name is Bowe Bergdahl. Tell them about Bowe and ask them to tell his story too. Today give Bowe the gift of your time. Dear Bowe Supporters, it’s YOU who stand in the gap for Bowe until he comes home. We are all waiting and advocating for Bowe until we can celebrate his homecoming.

Don’t forget that you can leave a message of support for Bowe and his family by signing the Guest Book here on supportbowe.org. The Guest Book entries are being saved so that when Bowe gets home, they’ll always be there for him to read.  Follow this LINK to the Guest Book if you’d like to add your name to it.

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