June 20th, 2013
08:40 PM ET

Could Taliban prisoner exchange free captured U.S. soldier?

By Melissa Gray

When U.S. negotiators raise the issue of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl with the Taliban in the coming days, it won't be the first time. The two sides held meetings in 2011 and 2012 that included the topic of Bergdahl's release, with sporadic discussions since then.

The first series of talks took place in 2011 with the State Department's top representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He met Taliban representatives again the next year. An American proposal for Bergdahl's release was a topic each time, U.S. officials told CNN in May 2012.

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  1. Jarred

    If this were a high ranking official we would just send in a team. It doesn't matter who it is. He is one of ours. If the US Government is too chicken s*** to get him then maybe it is time for new leaders.

    June 28, 2013 at 10:33 am | Reply
  2. JEM1983

    Never ever negotiate with terrorist. They are nothing but cold blooded killers and should be treated as a cancerous plauge on the world.

    Treat them nothing more than an insect and squash them!

    June 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Killer O'Bama

      Thank you, JEM1983. I only wish that more people were as dumb as you, really I do!!!!!

      June 24, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  3. Phunnie boy

    We can never, ever negotiate with them there terrorists, we can't, we can't! We gotta win this here war, we simply must!!!

    June 22, 2013 at 8:34 am | Reply
  4. RLTJ's

    U.S. has an unfinished business with the Taliban – the prisoners that U.S. has detained in Guantanamo. So, maybe it is one business to talk about with the Taliban and which Karzai probably no part of.

    What should they be called? Taliban prisoners of war or Afghan prisoners of war?

    June 21, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Reply
    • Quinton

      Does it truly matter, RLTJ's? As long as they get out of Gitmo where they had to endure do much torture, who cares?

      June 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  5. Irfan "Tiny" Lun Khusra

    Talibans is vary vary religious and honest peoples.
    I presnaly know many Talibans in Pakistan where I live in Karachi Heera Mandi market famos for excallant peaches and known for big dark carrats. I love fresh ones unwashed earthy ones when I back home, oh yes.
    Anyway, Taliban is just like us, 2 hands 2 legs, somes 3 legs, oh my magination taking the best of me, cilly me . Anyway they will nangoshiat with usa on anything long as you are paying dollars.
    Like they say in Pakistan, anything far dollars, anything yes, repeat anything for dollars.
    Shukria.

    June 21, 2013 at 10:46 am | Reply
  6. joe c

    we will never ever win anything in the mideast as long as the cancerous turd called israel and AIPAC is attatched to the U.S. sphincter..

    AIPAC/israel=9/11

    June 21, 2013 at 8:12 am | Reply
  7. George Patton

    This is quite reasonable and could lead to peace talks between us and the Taliban. Only a stupid, crazy fool would be against this proposition!!!

    June 21, 2013 at 8:09 am | Reply
    • Portland tony

      Well said, George. Thank you.

      June 21, 2013 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Pete

      @George,nothing like an olive branch to get things going..Peace out all!!

      June 23, 2013 at 10:13 pm | Reply
  8. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

    Could Taliban prisoner exchange free U.S. POW?

    5 Taliban Terror Leaders for 1 American

    WE
    DO NOT negotiate with terror groups.
    TRUST US

    June 21, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply

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