Report: U.S. Considering Prisoner Swap Involving Lone American POW
A new report from The Washington Post indicates that the U.S. is considering holding new talks on a prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan in 2009. Bergdahl is the only U.S. service member known to be held as a POW at this time.
The Obama administration is reportedly considering the release of five terror suspects from Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Bergdahl. Jamie Colby discussed the possible breakthrough with Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.)
Keane believes it is "appropriate" for the discussions to be taking place, even though he doubts that the Taliban can be trusted. He argues that the men and women of the military would support the exchange, adding that it's very important for morale for soldiers to know "that their government is coming for them one way or the other."
UPDATE 2p ET: The White House says there is no active talks going on with the Taliban about a prisoner swap.
"We can't discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that we work every day using our military, our intelligence and our diplomatic tools to see Sergeant Bergdahl returned home safely," Jay Carney told reporters.
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Last year, the Taliban offered a deal to free Bergdahl in exchange for five of their most senior operatives being held at Guatanamo Bay. But the proposal was rejected by the Obama administration over a longstanding U.S. policy of not negotiating with terrorists.
Two U.S. officials familiar with the decision told The Washington Post that the Taliban had broken off negotiations and that the U.S. has been open to talks. Negotiations would not attempt to engage the Taliban on other issues related to the future of Afghanistan, the report said.
Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that U.S. officials are eager to secure Bergdahl's release, according to the Post.
“He’s been gone too long,” Kirby told reporters during a press briefing. "We want him back. We’ve never stopped trying to bring that about. He’s never far from anyone’s mind here."
There is no "actionable" intelligence on Bergdahl’s precise location, one official told the Post, and the U.S. military has reportedly ruled out a rescue mission.
The effort to revive talks comes amid U.S. frustration over Afghan President Hamid Karzai's refusal to sign a long-term security agreement with the U.S. that he agreed to last year. The pact would provide the legal basis for any U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan as trainers and advisers after the international combat mission ends in December.