Bergdahl case releases anger, too, in U.S.

Jun 4, 2014

Bergdahl case releases anger, too, in U.S.

The United States’ top military officer said Tuesday the Army could still throw the book at Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the young soldier who walked away from his unit in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan and into five years of captivity by the Taliban. Gen. ...

Jun 2, 2014

Gitmo hurdles persist after soldier swap

by Ben Fox

President Barack Obama has edged closer to closing the Guantanamo Bay prison by swapping five Taliban members for a captured American soldier, but the criticism he faced Sunday for the deal underscores the challenges he faces in emptying out the cells at the U.S. ...

Jun 2, 2014

Australia gives visas to 500 Afghans who helped in war

Australia has granted refugee visas to more than 500 Afghans for their help during its mission in the war-torn nation, saying their safety would be jeopardized by remaining in the country. The Afghan nationals, mainly interpreters, were resettled with their families in late 2013 ...

Freed from captivity, Bergdahl's ordeal continues

Jun 2, 2014

Freed from captivity, Bergdahl's ordeal continues

In 2008, when he joined the army, he was a bookish athlete from rugged Idaho with a passion for fencing. A year later, he was a captive of the Afghan Taliban. Today, he is on the way home, a free man at last. But ...

U.S. defends Taliban swap for captured soldier

Jun 2, 2014

U.S. defends Taliban swap for captured soldier

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday an operation to free captive soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life. The insurgents’ leader, who has evaded capture since 2001, hailed the swap as a “big victory”. Bergdahl, the ...

Afghan Taliban free U.S. soldier Bergdahl

Jun 1, 2014

Afghan Taliban free U.S. soldier Bergdahl

The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to U.S. special ...

Obama makes surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan

May 26, 2014

Obama makes surprise visit to U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan

After paying a surprise visit Sunday to soldiers fighting the last battles of America’s longest war, U.S. President Barack Obama promised a decision on post-2014 troop numbers in Afghanistan “fairly shortly.” Obama made a covert night-time trip from the White House to Bagram Air ...