Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Jun 8, 2014

Poll: Americans split on Bergdahl prisoner swap with Taliban

Americans are deeply divided over whether the Obama administration did the right thing by swapping five Taliban leaders to win the freedom of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan, according to Reuters/Ipsos survey released on Friday. Americans strongly agree the United States should ...

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Jun 7, 2014

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah escapes assassination bid

Afghan presidential front-runner Abdullah Abdullah escaped an assassination attempt Friday when two blasts hit his campaign motorcade in Kabul, killing at least six people just ahead of a hotly contested run-off election. “The first attack was a suicide car bomb on a convoy of ...

Bergdahl had left his unit before: reports

Jun 6, 2014

Bergdahl had left his unit before: reports

A U.S. military investigation of Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban found the army sergeant had slipped away from his unit on several known occasions but had always returned, raising questions about whether or not he was deserting when he disappeared in 2009, people ...

Amid fierce backlash, Berghdahl's Idaho hometown cancels rally

Jun 5, 2014

Amid fierce backlash, Berghdahl's Idaho hometown cancels rally

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown, feeling a backlash over allegations that he was a deserter, has canceled a rally planned for later this month celebrating his release from five years of Taliban captivity, city officials said on Wednesday. In calling off the June ...

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 ...