Find a news story anywhere in the world:

Category:    

Keywords:   

Address:    
   
Stories Stories Politics Inside the White House's decision to free Bergdahl

Inside the White House's decision to free Bergdahl

http://mireportz.com/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/300x300s/d1/d6/e8/15182-inside-the-white-house-s-decision-to-free-bergdahl-97-1401939075.jpg
Written by Aldine      June 05, 2014    
 
0.0 (0)
247   0   2   0   0   0
 
Write Review
 Inside the White House's decision to free Bergdahl.gif

For President Barack Obama, it seemed like the right thing to do, according to officials in his administration: Release five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison in return for Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American prisoner of war inAfghanistan.

The officials said Obama himself decided to make the swap and chose to broadcast the news on national television with Bergdahl's parents at the White House. He wanted to send a clear signal to Americans that this was his decision and that he would uphold the maxim that the United States will always bring home all its troops from the battlefield, the officials said.

Talks with Qatar

The possibility of a deal emerged just after Obama returned from a lightning visit to Afghanistan on May 25, where he reiterated that the U.S. combat mission would conclude by year-end.

Clinching it was a phone call Obama made two days later, on May 27, with the emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who said Qatari officials had agreed to measures to prevent at least an immediate return to the battlefield of the five Taliban prisoners, the officials said.

[Read Full Article: Inside the White House Decision to free Bergdhal]

 Inside the White House's decision to free Bergdahll.jpg

Location

Epicentre
Washington, White House

Details

Author
STEVE HOLLAND AND WARREN STROBEL
Contributor's Comment
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (R) talks to a Taliban militant as he waits in a pick-up truck before his release at the Afghan border, in this still image from video released June 4, 2014.
Swap Start/End

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 
Site sponsored by BiStuff | Buy & Sell Locally