Saturday morning, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was released from captivity in Afghanistan, where he has been held for nearly 5 years. At 10:30 am EDT, her was handed over to U.S. Special Operations Forces and then taken to an American base to be evaluated after his long captivity. A US official says Bergdahl cried, upon realizing he was, in fact, being rescued.
Bergdahl was still a PFC when he was captured by Afghani militants on June 30, 2009, after walking away from the base where he was stationed in the Paktika province. He was promoted to sergeant during his captivity. Details of why he walked away are unclear, some saying he was suffering from mental illness, others saying he is a deserter, who left the base open to an attack. He was the only American prisoner of the war in Afghanistan.
In exchange for the 28-year-old Army soldier, 5 Taliban prisoners were released from Guantanamo Bay, on their way to Qatar, where they must stay for one year. This is to ensure they do not rejoin the war effort in Afghanistan.
Bowe's parents, who reside in Hailey, Idaho, were in Washington DC, when they received the call from President Barack Obama, that their son had been released and would soon be returned to them. Surely, they were overjoyed at the outcome, and will soon be reunited with their son.
While some, like Arizona senator John McCain, were not 100% satisfied with how this situation's resolution came about, this could, at last, lead to some negotiations and maybe, finally, an end to the war in Afghanistan. Over 2,000 American soldiers have been killed in this fight since 2001. Now, 13 years later, it's time to wrap it up. Let peace reign.
Best wishes to Sgt. Bergdahl, as he returns home and rejoins society, after his 5 long years in captivity. One must wonder what kind of effect that has had on his psyche. At this time, no one knows what kind of conditions he was living in, or how he was treated during this time. However, the love of his family and gratitude of his country should go a long way to aid in his recovery.