AP EXCLUSIVE: Taliban Offer Captured Idaho-native in Exchange

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Updated: 6/20/2013 6:38 pm
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban say they are ready to hand over a U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

A Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, says U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl "is as far as I know in good condition."

Suhail spoke in an exclusive telephone interview with The Associated Press from the newly opened Taliban offices in Doha, Qatar.

Bergdahl disappeared in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Shaheen says "first has to be the release of detainees," and after that, the Taliban "want to build bridges of confidence."

He offered no details on Bergdahl's current whereabouts.

He spoke as the U.S. is scrambling to save talks with the Taliban after angry complaints from President Hamid Karzai.


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Kramer - 6/20/2013 2:46 PM
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it's "kaput", and translates more like "finished". I remember this from high school German many decades back, before loose cannon bloggers got busy. and B4 nonsensical headlines went un EDIT ed.

citizen - 6/20/2013 10:16 AM
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I'm sure he was CapTURed. I wouldn't really trust these guys. They want the detainees released first? I'd want to see with my own eyes that this American soldier is still alive before blindly releasing five Taliban officials.

kdavis52 - 6/20/2013 9:48 AM
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Uhm...was he Caputed or Capured? That is the only question. Capute in German is DEAD.

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