Relatives of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban four years ago in Afghanistan, are “encouraged” by reports of an offer to trade the Idaho soldier for five terror suspects being held at Guantanamo Bay.
Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard told on Thursday that Bob and Jani Bergdahl are aware of the development in Qatar pertaining to their 27-year-old son, who was captured on June 30, 2009.
“They are aware of this most recent development in Qatar and the possibility of talks starting that may include negotiations for the release of their son,” Marsano said. “And they’re encouraged by this new development.”
The Taliban’s offer follows this week’s official opening of a Taliban political office in Doha, Qatar, where U.S. and Taliban representatives and Afghanistan’s High Peace Council are expected to hold peace talks.
“ … They’re encouraged by this new development.”
– Col. Tim Marsano, Idaho National Guard
Bergdahl, of Hailey, Idaho, is the only known American soldier held captive from the Afghan war. He disappeared from his base in southeastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, and is believed to be held in Pakistan or Afghanistan.
Taliban spokesman Shaheen Suhail told The Associated Press from the Doha office on Thursday that Bergdahl is in “good condition” to his knowledge.

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