Skip to content

Bergdahl exchange has inspired Taliban to kidnap more victims for profitable trades

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/5/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

TIME interview looks behind the trade

While the prisoner exchange of prisoner of war Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban officials has started to receive some fire from politicians and veterans, TIME has received a behind the scenes look at the event from the perspective of the Taliban, courtesy of a Taliban commander who seems to be intimately familiar with Bergdahl and his captivity.

The exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban officials has inspired the organization to kidnap more victims.

The exchange of Bowe Bergdahl for five senior Taliban officials has inspired the organization to kidnap more victims.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
6/5/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: Bergdahl, US, News


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Taliban thought long and hard about how they wanted the trade to be viewed by the outside world, a videographer was assigned to cover the event, and a custom tailored white tunic and set of trousers where given to Bergdahl as a sign of respect. Those clothes, and a woven scarf where given to Berdgdahl in order to show him that the Taliban considered him a friend and harbored no ill will.

Join the fight against world hunger.

"You know we are also human beings and have hearts in our bodies," said the Taliban commander. "We are fighting a war against each other, in which [Americans] kill us and we kill them. But we did whatever we could to make [Bergdahl] happy."

Bergdahl learned basic Pashto during his time as a POW and had made several friends among his captors. "We wanted him to return home with good memories," said the commander.

Another senior Taliban commander, higher in the chain of command with the Taliban in Afghanistan, described to TIME the celebrations that revolved from the trade.

"I cannot explain how our people are happy and excited over this unbelievable achievement. This is a historic moment for us. Today our enemy for the first time officially recognized our status."

"Besides our field commanders and fighters, our leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is so happy and is anxiously waiting to see his heroes," he said, referencing the five Taliban leaders who were traded for Bergdahl.

The exchange apparently has inspired the Taliban to kidnap others according to the commander. "It's better to kidnap one person like Bergdahl than kidnapping hundreds of useless people. It has encouraged our people. Now everybody will work hard to capture such an important bird."

---


'Help give every student and teacher Free resources for a world-class moral Catholic education'


Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for JUNE 2017
National Leaders.
That national leaders may firmly commit themselves to ending the arms trade, which victimizes so many innocent people.


Comments


More Middle East

'These are normal people like you and me': The heartbreaking reality of a refugee life Watch

Image of Six years ago, the Syrian journalist ran away from security forces who were threatening him.

Omar al-Muqdad wanted to help the Iraqi refugees who were displaced from their homes in 2004. He volunteered to help with refugee ... continue reading


Crown Prince of United Arab Emirates renames Mosque for Virgin Mary Watch

Image of The beautiful Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is now named, Mariam Umm Eisa for the Virgin Mary.

The United Arab Emirates has renamed a mosque, "Mary, Mother of Jesus." The decision appears to be an effort to stress what they call the ... continue reading


BREAKING: WAR LOOMS - U.S. shoots armed Syrian drone targeting American troops Watch

Image of The F-15 is the primary interceptor in the U.S. arsenal and is armed with long-range, radar-guided missiles for shooting down other aircraft. It is a deadly opponent in all situations.

The U.S. military is reporting it has shot down another drone belonging to Syria. The drone was armed and was allegedly prepared to make an ... continue reading


US and Russia one accident away from war in Syria Watch

Image of A picture of a Syrian Su-22 (NATO codename 'FITTER') fighter-bomber. Jets such as these are used to bomb ground targets.

Russia and the United States are close to shooting at one another, following the destruction of a Syrian plane that attacked U.S.-backed ... continue reading


More than 2 MILLION Christians forced to flee homes amidst terrifying violence in the Middle East Watch

Image of Increased Christian persecution has forced families to flee from their homes.

A new report estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of Christians have fled the countries of Iraq and Syria since the start of the Syrian ... continue reading


Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2017 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.