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Talks With Taliban Concerning Prisoner Exchange On Hold

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Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been held by the Taliban for nearly five years. He was last seen in a video last December. Talks between the United States and the Taliban had been taking place in Qatar. An agreement on a prisoner exchange seemed to be close at hand. The release of Bergdahl would take place if the United States would release five captured Taliban prisoners.

Well over the weekend a spokesman for the Taliban, Zabiullah Mujahid, stated that talks would not continue at this time. It was said that due to the complexity of the political situation in Pakistan that they would suspend negotiations.

What does that mean? No one really knows. Here though are some thoughts. Afghan President Hamid Karzai has become a buddy of sorts with the Taliban. He released some 65 prisoners a while back that the United States ask him not to. How does this conflict with what goes on with the Bergdahl situation. It means Karzai doesn't listen the United States anymore. We are supposed to be bringing many soldiers home from Afghanistan this year. The Taliban could be waiting to see what is happening on that front.

The area that Bergdahl is being held within is without a doubt the worst place on the planet because it doesn't have just one leader but many. The mountainous area between Pakistan and Afghanistan has to be in control by more than a hundred individual chieftains.

Another problem could be the fact that America has always stated it would not negotiate with terrorists. The Taliban are still considered terrorists. For the U.S. to just hand over prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba has to be brought before Congress and with what's going on in Washington right now this would not be a simple task.

The idea that we are even negotiating with the Taliban could be sending a message that we will negotiate with anybody. This sadly telling the world, capture Americans and you can negotiate for nearly anything.

In the end, we know Bergdahl is still alive though not at his best. We know that there are at least attempts being made at getting him home and safe. At this time though only time will tell.



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