Taliban Claim U.S. Drone Strikes Almost Killed Bergdahl ‘Several’ Times
Via the WSJ:
We really are a confusing people at times.
The Taliban warned the U.S. during prisoner-exchange negotiations that led to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that U.S. drone strikes had come close on several occasions to killing the soldier while he was in captivity, U.S. officials said.
U.S. intelligence agencies believe Sgt. Bergdahl was being held at the time in the tribal areas of Pakistan, where the Central Intelligence Agency carried out an estimated 27 drone strikes in 2013, according to the New America Foundation, a Washington think tank that tracks the drone program. The CIA hasn’t conducted any drone strikes in the tribal areas since Dec. 25, the foundation said.
American officials weren’t sure what to make of the Taliban’s assertions, which the group relayed to Qatari mediators during the indirect negotiations. Those negotiations picked up pace in January after the Taliban provided the U.S. with a so-called “proof of life” video showing that Sgt. Bergdahl was still alive but in deteriorating health. . .
- Greg Pollowitz