Sunday, November 23, 2014


Afghanistan

Obama Defends Deal With Taliban On U.S. Soldier's Release

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (right) waits before being released at the Afghan border.
U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (right) waits before being released at the Afghan border.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said he will not apologize for making a deal with the Taliban for the release of a detained U.S. soldier, despite fierce criticism from politicians in Washington.

Some U.S. lawmakers are asking whether the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Qatar in exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was legal.

Some insist the White House should have informed lawmakers about the deal in advance.

But Obama, speaking after the G7 summit in Brussels on June 5, said it was his duty to get Bergdahl back home.

Obama said the White House acted quickly and silently on the deal because it had information that Bergdahl's life would be in danger if negotiations about the exchange were disclosed publicly.
 
Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP

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