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Afghan police kill Taliban insurgents who cut off voters’ fingers

Afghan police hunted down and killed two Taliban insurgents who cut off the fingers of 11 elderly men who voted in the presidential election run-off, officials said on Tuesday. All voters in Afghanistan had their fingers marked with ink after voting……

Bergdahl arrives at Texas medical facility in next phase of ‘reintegration process’

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner of war before being released on May 31, has arrived at an Army medical center in Texas where he will receive further treatment, the Pentagon said on Friday. Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, said Bergdahl left…

Bergdahl recovering from years of harsh treatment at hands of Taliban

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl suffered harsh treatment at the hands of his Taliban captors, including long periods of solitary confinement, according to U.S. military officials who also said the soldier was struggling emotionally and had not yet called his parents. Bergdahl, released in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange…

John Kerry: ‘Offensive and incomprehensible to consciously leave American behind’ in hands of torturers who would ‘cut off his head’

Top US diplomat Kerry defends soldier swap with Taliban (via AFP) Secretary of State John Kerry defended Sunday the swap of five Guantanamo detainees for American Bowe Bergdahl, amid reports the captive US soldier was kept at times in a metal cage and in total darkness. Kerry doubled down on…

Bowe Bergdahl held in solitary confinement for weeks during Taliban captivity

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has said he was held in solitary confinement for long periods during five years in Taliban captivity, according to a U.S. military official who said he has skin and gum disorders and has not yet spoken to his parents. Bergdahl, who was released on May…

Hillary Clinton: Negotiating with Taliban ‘hard to swallow’

Hillary Clinton says in her new memoir that she sought the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, but recognized that negotiating with his Taliban captors would be "hard to swallow" for Americans. Bergdahl was released last weekend and President……

Bowe Bergdahl’s hometown cancels rally amid anger over deal for his release

By David Alexander and Phil Stewart KABUL (Reuters) – The political uproar over the prisoner swap that won the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from Taliban captivity intensified on Wednesday when his hometown canceled plans for a rally celebrating his return amid allegations that he deserted. The Taliban…

Freed soldier Bowe Bergdahl may face discipline for leaving his post: general

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, recently released after five years as a captive of the Taliban, may still be disciplined if the army finds evidence of misconduct, the US military’s top officer said Tuesday General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was speaking after claims from members of…

Soldiers, families resent Bergdahl release: ‘People died looking for his dumb *ss’

Robert Andrews believes his own son might still be alive if U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had not gone missing from his Afghan guard post on June 30, 2009. As Bergdahl emerges from five years of Taliban captivity, former comrades are accusing him of walking away from his unit and…

Portrait of activist Malala Yousafzai sells for $102,500 in benefit auction for Nigerian girls

A painted portrait of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, fetched $102,500 at auction Wednesday in New York — with the money going to female education in Nigeria. The proceeds will be donated from her Malala Fund to a special fund designed to assist…

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