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February 18th, 2014
10:55 PM ET

Should the U.S. swap Taliban prisoners for Bergdahl?

Is the U.S. trying to make a deal with the Taliban?

There is word the United States is trying to negotiate the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held captive by a Taliban-affiliated group for nearly five years. He is the only know U.S. prisoner in Afghanistan.

U.S. launches push to gain release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl

In exchange for Bergdahl, the U.S. would reportedly free five senior Taliban prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.

For Bergdahl's family in rural Idaho, the wait is excruciating.

OutFront: Gunnery SGT. Jessie Jane Duff, a 20-year veteran of the Marine Corps who provided logistical support to combat units in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • al Qaeda • News
January 15th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl seen in new video

For the first time in three years, the U.S. military has gotten its first glimpse of the only American prisoner of war still in captivity.

Source: Missing U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl seen in video

Army Seargent Bowe Bergdahl went missing in Afghanistan in June 2009 and is believed to be held by the Taliban-aligned Haqqani network in Pakistan.

CNN's Ed Lavendera has been covering this story since the beginning and has been in contact with Bergdahl's family regularly over the past five years.


Filed under: Afghanistan • International • News
January 7th, 2014
08:33 PM ET

Robert Gates' memoir slams Obama: President "doesn't believe in his own strategy"

“As I sat there, I thought: The president doesn’t trust his commander, can’t stand Karzai, doesn’t believe in his own strategy and doesn’t consider the war to be his,” Fmr. Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes. “For him, it’s all about getting out.”

That's just one part of a shocking and scathing new critique of President Barack Obama - from a former member of his own cabinet.

Republicans use Gates’ new book to hammer Clinton, Biden

In a new memoir, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War", Former Defense Secretary Bob Gates slams the president's leadership and commitment to the war in Afghanistan.

We're just getting the details about what's in this bombshell of a book.

OutFront: CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger and CNN Political Commentators Paul Begala and David Frum.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • News • Politics
June 20th, 2013
09:05 PM ET

Taliban talks over swapping U.S. soldier with gitmo prisoners

Does the U.S. negotiate with terrorists?

The Taliban in Afghanistan is offering to exchange the only known U.S. prisoner of war - Seargant Bowe Bergdahl for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison.

Previous talks about a possible exchange stalled back in 2012.

The Taliban is classified by the U.S. as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist Entity. And many U.S. officials also say that peace talks between the U.S. and the Taliban will likely be held "in the next few days."

Will President Obama make a deal?

OutFront tonight: Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr.


Filed under: Afghanistan • News • Taliban
May 2nd, 2013
01:39 PM ET

U.S. cargo plane crash in Afghanistan purportedly caught on video

There is dramatic new video tonight of the civilian cargo plane crash that killed seven Americans on Monday just moments after taking off from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

We want to warn our viewers, the video is disturbing.

747 crash purportedly caught on video

The crash was captured via dash cam video by a U.S. contractor who was driving in the area. Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the deadly crash, but according to officials, the plane was carrying tons of equipment, including vehicles and other cargo as the U.S. military begins pulling out of Afghanistan. 

Outfront tonight:  John Hansman is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics at M.I.T.


Filed under: Afghanistan • International • News
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