U.S. officials moved quickly Saturday in what they assessed was a small window of time to retrieve U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from his Afghan captors.
For five years Sgt. Bergdahl was held as a prisoner of war by Taliban forces. His release in Qatar was negotiated between U.S. forces and the Taliban. Qatari officials served as a go-between in the dialogue.
In exchange for Bergdahl’s release, five prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay, the U.S. prison in Cuba, were released. The five men were former Taliban insurgents, now all in their mid- to late 40s. After more than 10 years in confinement they are of no intelligence value to the U.S. or our enemies.