American Solider SGT. Bowe Bergdahi is being released in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees. Authorities say his release took place during the early morning hours on Saturday May 31.
SGT. Bowe Bergdahi was captured five years ago during the Afghanistan War by Taliban. According to ABC News, SGT Bergdahi is the only American soldier captured in Afghanistan. Officials says when SGT Bergdahi were released he was able to walk and appeared to be in good condition. The exchange was non-violent.
According to CNN, Senior Defense official stated U.S. Special Forces recovered SGT Bowe Bergdahi from his captors about 10:30am Eastern time. During the peaceful exchange about 18 Taliban members were present. Once they got 28 year old Sergeant on board the helicopter he used a paper plate to communicate due to the noise.
He wrote on the plate “SF?” which means Special Forces. The operator sitting next to Bergdahi replied loudly. “Yes, we’ve have been looking for you a long time.”
Officials say Bergdahi broke down and cried.
In exchange for Bergdahi five detainees from Guantanamo Bay is being released to Qatar. The U.S. believes Qatar would be able to secure detainees there. They are currently under a travel ban for a year.
The United States believe Bergdahi were held in Pakistan for most of his captivity, it is unclear when he was transferred to Afghanistan.
The transfer was brokered by Qatari government. Talks of transfer began about a week ago.
Hagel said The United States has been synchronizing with Qatar to ensure security measures are in place and national security was never compromised.
Now, Bergdahi is in the care of U.S. Military at the forward operating base in Afghanistan. Bergdahi’s family has been informed by President Obama that their relative will be coming home soon, thanks to the exchange between U.S. government and Qatari government.
President Obama said in the White House statement, "On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal."
Bergdahi was deployed to Afghanistan on May 2009 and capture on June 2009 by the Taliban in Paktika province.