Ex-hostage says Taliban more honest than US army

Published: October 23, 2017
US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the US Army. PHOTO: REUTERS

US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the US Army. PHOTO: REUTERS

US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who last week pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, has said his captors were more “honest” with him than the army has been since his release three years ago, Fox News reported.

Bergdahl was held captive by the Afghan Taliban-allied Haqqani network in Afghanistan after deserting his post until May 2014 when his captors swapped him with five Taliban detainees in the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.

“At least the Taliban were honest enough to say, ‘I’m the guy who’s gonna cut your throat,’” Bergdahl, 31, tells British TV journalist Sean Langan in an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times Magazine titled ‘The Homecoming from Hell’.

Langan himself was taken hostage by the Taliban while filming in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region in 2008. Three months later, his family negotiated his release with his captors.

US Army Sergeant Bergdahl could face life sentence for endangering troops

Bergdahl says he never quite knew where he stood with the army as he performed “administrative duties” while awaiting his desertion trial.

“Here, it could be the guy I pass in the corridor who’s going to sign the paper that sends me away for life,” he says. “We may as well go back to kangaroo courts and lynch mobs.”

Bergdahl is expected to appear for sentencing on Monday in a military courtroom after pleading guilty to desertion and misbehaviour before the enemy.

He could face life in prison.

The Obama administration was highly criticised for a deal that saw the United States exchanging five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay with Bergdahl.

Obama’s successor, Donald Trump, heaped criticism on Bergdahl during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • rama
    Oct 23, 2017 - 5:07AM

    Stockholm syndrome !!! Recommend

  • Travis L
    Oct 23, 2017 - 8:30AM

    There is no moral equivalence between dishonesty and barbarism.Recommend

  • abdul awaal
    Oct 23, 2017 - 9:49AM

    This guy is mentally unstable. His logic seems to be disoriented. Recommend

  • Tyggar
    Oct 23, 2017 - 11:00AM

    The Taliban would have beheaded him for treasonRecommend

  • Pakiza
    Oct 23, 2017 - 11:06AM

    Well here you go, I told you before also. the Canadian man just released was also lying.Recommend

  • Mamu
    Oct 23, 2017 - 12:08PM

    That speaks volumes for the US and their trust. If they cannot tell the truth to their own army person then what do you expect from them? Recommend

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