Bergdahl smiles in ‘captivity’ pic
By Joe Tacopino
July 10, 2014 | 3:21am
#Exclusive #US Solider #Bergdahl with Martyr #Taliban Leader Badar’udin Haqqani(RH) S/O Shaykh Jalaludin Haqqani(HA) pic.twitter.com/ddrqHCn0aK
— خرسان البلاغ (@khorasan313) July 9, 2014
This POW looks more like a BFF.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, is seen in a new image mugging for a picture with a jolly jihadi who has his arm resting casually on Bergdahl’s shoulder.
The bro-hug was posted Wednesday to the Twitter account of someone associated with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, according to Fox News.
The supposed captor was identified by The Middle East Research Institute as a since-slain Taliban commander, Badruddin Haqqani.
Bergdahl, who was taken prisoner when he mysteriously drifted away from his unit while on patrol in Paktika province, sports a grin in the photo.
The tweet accompanying the image gives a shout-out to the Army sergeant, who was freed in exchange for five Taliban soldiers released from captivity at Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration.
Haqqani was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012.
It was not clear when the picture was taken.
Later, another Twitter account posted that Bergdahl was never tortured by the Taliban and was treated only with kindness during his captivity, according to the Daily Mail.
Bergdahl, a native of Idaho, was captured in 2009.
He is currently receiving care at a military base in San Antonio, Texas.
The release of possible Taliban terrorists was controversial because some former members of Bergdahl’s unit claim that he left of his own accord.
Some have even claimed that Bergdahl left his post several times prior to his being captured.
Bergdahl had privately complained in letters to his parents that he was frustrated with the American mission in Afghanistan.
“The future is too good to waste on lies. And life is way too short to care for the damnation of others,” he wrote.
“I have seen their ideas and I am ashamed to even be American.”
A new investigation has been launched into whether the soldier had indeed been captured or whether he willingly deserted his mission.