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No homecoming party for Sergeant Bergdahl - cancelled

Big party turns to embarrassed silence
Big party turns to embarrassed silence
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

The fallout of the Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl swap for five Taliban terrorists incarcerated at Guantanamo, has taken a new twist. Yesterday it was widely circulated that Bergdahl had deserted his post in 2009, according to a number of his platoon members.

Today, his hometown of Hailey, Idaho has canceled a ‘welcome home rally’ planned for later this month celebrating his release from Taliban captivity. The allegations he was actually a deserter is the reason, a municipal official told Reuters on Wednesday.

The city administrator of Hailey, Idaho, Heather Dawson, said local officials cancelled the June 28 event at the request of organizers. The town “will be unable to safely manage the number of people expected,” she said.

Hailey is a small mountainous community in central Idaho. Officials were under intense pressure to forgo the rally. Bergdahl’s former Army comrades have accused him of deliberately abandoned his post in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, President Obama continues to stand by his decision as the five Taliban terrorists were flown to the country of Qatar where they will supposedly be confined for at least one year. The president intimated that if any of the five cause future trouble, somehow they are being watched closely.

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