Political fallout from the deal made between the U.S. and the Taliban to release captive U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl continues to cause political headaches for the Obama Administration.
The White House says the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl was made necessary by the soldier’s declining health and America’s commitment never to leave soldiers on the field of battle. Opponents say that administration negotiated with terrorists, breaking a long-held policy stance, and made a bad deal to secure Bergdahl’s release, CBS News notes.
Adding to the administration’s woes, a number of former soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan have given TV interviews questioning how he came to be held by the Taliban, according to CNN.
The Taliban has also chimed in, releasing a video showing the handover of Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. special forces. The video is a PR move by the Taliban, which apparently believes the deal with the U.S. boosts its image.
Here are five things to know about the deal Taliban’s release of Bowe Bergdahl:
- Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in June 2009.
- The U.S. has released five mid-to-senior level Taliban officials from detention in Quantanamo Bay, Cuba, to secure his release.
- Some U.S. soldiers who served with Bowe Bergdahl say he left camp of his own accord and without permission the night he was captured.
- The five Taliban prisoners will be detained in the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, which helped broker the deal, for just one year.
- Bowe Bergdahl’s home town of Hailey, Idaho, has cancelled a planned celebration of his return due to the public uproar over the deal.
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