A new report from The Washington Post indicates that the U.S. may be open to a prisoner swap involving Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured by enemy forces in Afghanistan in 2009. Berghdahl is the only U.S. service member known to be held as a POW at this time.
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai today ordered the release of 65 prisoners, some of whom are Taliban fighters who were supposed to be tried for crimes against civilians in their own country.
With major questions surrounding the relationship between the U.S. government and President Hamid Karzai, dozens of prisoners are now going free from custody in Afghanistan.
The latest troubling report out of Afghanistan is that President Hamid Karzai is in secret negotiations with the Taliban. The New York Times reports that Karzai has held secret meetings on a peace deal without the input of U.S. and Western allies.
The state of relations between the United States and Afghan President Hamid Karzai appears to be worsening, with the Pentagon condemning the release of 37 dangerous prisoners. The Afghan government freed 88 prisoners, including 37 labeled by the U.S. as hardened Taliban insurgents. Some of the 37 have been blamed for attacks that killed or wounded U.S. service members.
Under a plan proposed to President Obama, the U.S. military could be completely out of Afghanistan when a new president is sworn into office. The plan calls for about 10,000 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan beyond this year, down from the current number of 30,000.
Fox News strategic analyst Lt. Col. Ralph Peters (Ret.) weighed in this morning, calling the whole situation "absolute madness" and questioning why U.S. troops are still being killed and maimed in Afghanistan. He faulted President Obama and Kerry for playing "beggar" to Karzai, whom he labeled as "treacherous, dishonest, deceitful, and deplorable."
Secretary of State John Kerry says he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai have agreed on a vital security pact pertaining to the presence of US troops in Afghanistan beyond 2014. The agreement will be presented to a meeting of tribal elders on Thursday.
Secretary of State John Kerry is in the final stages of talks with Afghan President Hamid Karzai on a security agreement that will lay out the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan past 2014. According to reports, one of the key components of the agreement is President Obama writing a letter of apology for the deaths of Afghan civilians.