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English Side Project 1 Timeline
6 months ago
President Barack Obama approves a major addition to the US army in Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl now is eligible for the Army and applies.
Bowe Bergdahl is captured after leaving his post, reportedly heading towards FOB Sharana.
The Taliban release their first video of Bowe. In the video , Bowe says: "Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country."
President Barack Obama announces another " troop surge" that is about 3 times larger than the first.
A second video starring Bergdahl is released by the Taliban.
The Pentagon releases an investigation that determines that Bergdahl walked away from his unit. This in turn prompted the military to slow their search efforts.
US Special Forces kill Osama bin Laden. This restarts the discussion on how to bring Bergdahl back.
"Rolling Stone" publishes an article about Bergdahl. "As wityh everything in Washington these days, the sharp political discord has complicated efforts to secure his release." (Michael Hastings)
The US Army promotes Bergdahl to sergeant, his second promotion since being captured.
The Obama administration decides to lable the Haqqani network- Bowe's captors- as a terrorist organization.
A 3rd video of Bowe in captivity is received by the US government. He is shown in very poor health.
Senator Kelly Ayotte sends a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. "This June will mark five years since Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban. After so long in captivity, Department of Defense must redouble its efforts to find Sergeant Bergdahl and return him safely to his family."
Bowe Bergdahl is released to the US Special Forces in exchange for 5 imprisoned Taliban commanders. Bergdahl is taken to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
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