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Bowe Bergdahl timeline in Afghanistan: From capture to release

June 30, 2009

Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, walks off his outpost in eastern Afghanistan.

July 18, 2009

President Obama made remarks about the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban forces Saturday. He was joined by Bergdahl's parents, Jani and Bob in the White House Rose Garden. (AP)

Taliban releases Internet video. Bergdahl says he was captured after lagging behind during a patrol.

Dec. 25, 2009

Taliban releases video showing Bergdahl wearing sunglasses and a U.S. military-style uniform, including a military helmet.

April 7, 2010

Taliban posts a video showing Bergdahl pleading to be sent home and saying the war in Afghanistan is not worth the human cost.

In exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. agreed to free five Taliban commanders from the military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They were among the Taliban’s most influential commanders. (Tom LeGro and Natalie Jennings/The Washington Post)

June 12, 2010

Bergdahl is promoted to specialist.

June 12, 2011

Bergdahl is promoted to sergeant.

May 10, 2012

Bergdahl’s parents break year-long silence about the status of their son in an interview with the New York Times, making public that he is a focus of secret negotiations between the Obama administration and the Taliban over a proposed prisoner exchange.

June 6, 2013

Bergdahl’s family announces that “through the International Committee of the Red Cross, we recently received a letter we’re confident was written to us by our son.”

January 2014

U.S. officials receive a new video of Bergdahl that they believe was taken in the past month, indicating that he is alive. Officials said Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than in previous videos, showing the signs of his nearly five years in captivity.

May 31, 2014

Bergdahl is released by the Taliban in exchange for five prisoners held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

— From news service reports



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