Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/5/2014 (2 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 (2 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."

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find-even within the huge cities of the world-opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Middle East

Russians BOMB U.S. base in Syria - 4 dead Watch

Image of Two Russian fighter bombers made strikes against an Allied base in Syria.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Russian warplanes have bombed a U.S. base in Syria. The attacks took place on June 16 and are only now being disclosed to the public. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - According to the Wall Street Journal, the Russians attacked a U.S. base in June. The base is ... continue reading


WATCH NOW: Brave rebel destroys ISIS tank with grenade Watch

Image of Syrian rebel throws grenade into tank.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The U.S. and U.K.-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) continues to fight the Assad regime. In one of the latest videos released by the FSA, a lone soldier takes on a tank of enemy soldiers. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Daily Mail included a clip of an FSA soldier ... continue reading


Great Pyramid contains elaborate system to prevent looting, but did it really work? Watch

Image of The Great Pyramid is the largest, most elaborate of all the Egyptian pyramids.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Great Pyramid of Giza had an elaborate system to prevent looting, archaeologists say. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Dr. Mark Lehner of the Giza Plateau Mapping Project says the Great Pyramid contains a primitive machine to prevent looting. He has ... continue reading


'I am convinced that Father Tom is alive': New photo of haggard-looking Fr. Tom released Watch

Image of Image of Fr. Tom believed to be fake.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The group believed to be responsible for kidnapping Fr. Tom released a new photo of the priest to his hacked Facebook account. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Father Tom was kidnapped in Yemen, presumably by the Islamic State. When news of his Good Friday execution ... continue reading


Man loses arms as punishment for loving Christ Watch

Image of Aqeel Masih (LEAD).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Islamic extremists have been engaging in more horrific crimes specifically to persecute Christians. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the<a href=http://leadfamily.blogspot.co.uk/>Legal Evangelical Association Development</a> (LEAD), Aqeel ... continue reading


Listen to this ancient hymn: Recreated for first time since 1400 BC! Watch

Image of The clay tablet with the hymn is the only one of 29 still legible (Michael Levy/YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

For the first time in about 3,500 years, an ancient hymn was recreated from a clay tablet, making it the oldest hymn currently known to man. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the New Historian, the hymn dates back to the Bronze age and is dedicated to ... continue reading


ISIS battle commander, 'Omar the Chechen' confirmed dead in U.S. strike as Coalition advances on Mosul Watch

Image of Omar the Chechen, one of the Islamic State's best commanders, is dead.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Islamic State has confirmed their great battle commander, Omar the Chechen is dead. U.S. authorities believe he was killed in an airstrike. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - Part of the U.S. strategy against ISIS is to destroy their command structure. This ... continue reading


Hate cemeteries? Then don't watch this drone footage of the world's LARGEST cemetery! Watch

Image of A fresh grave at Wadi Al-Salaam. This person joins an estimated five million other deceased dating back 1,400 years.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

A drone has captured footage of the world's largest cemetery. Wadi Al-Salaam, known as the "Valley of Peace" is situated in Iraq and holds an estimated 5 million graves. A drone has now captured breathtaking footage of the holy site. LOS ANGELES, CA (California ... continue reading


Is the Middle East on the brink of Nuclear War? Watch

Image of Does Iran already have nuclear capability?

By Tony Johnson (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Recent news reports indicate that Saudi Arabia has obtained nuclear weapons.  If Iran's 2016 testing of long range nuclear warhead capable missiles is an indicator, does this mean Iran was able to "beat the clock" in Uranium 235 enrichment before the treaty was ... continue reading


Anti-American graffiti covers Yemen capital Watch

Image of Yemen capital covered in anti-America graffiti (Twitter).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Yemen  has been slammed to the ground again and again. Now, with the nation under Shiite control in one hand and the United States' involvement in the Yemen civil war in the other, anti-America graffiti has begun to pop up. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - ... continue reading


All Middle East News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

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

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

  • World Youth Day 2016 begins! Find the event's FULL SCHEDULE here
  • Daily Reading for Thursday, July 28th, 2016 HD Video
  • Bernie Sanders dominates first night of Democratic primary
  • Sts. Joachim and Anne: Saint of the Day for Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  • Daily Readings for Tuesday, July 26, 2016
  • Pokemon Go player with CCW halts attempted robbery
  • Prayer for Healing HD Video

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Sirach 44:1, 10-15
1 Next let us praise illustrious men, our ancestors in their successive ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 132:11, 13-14, 17-18
11 Yahweh has sworn to David, and will always remain true to his word, 'I ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:16-17
16 'But blessed are your eyes because they see, your ears because they ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 26th, 2016 Image

Sts. Joachim and Anne
July 26: Saints Joaquin (sometimes spelled "Joachim," ... Read More