The Bergdahl Files

By CNN | CNN's coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return home.

After 5 years in captivity, Bowe Bergdahl to start work at Army post

For five years, Taliban militants held Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl captive.

They released images of him from time to time. In one piece of footage, he appeared gaunt, eating slowly. In another, the soldier stood next to a bearded man with a gun and looked at the camera for a moment. Bergdahl's forehead was …

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Bowe Bergdahl nears end of reintegration - CNN.com

Bowe Bergdahl nears end of reintegration into everyday life in military, U.S.

(CNN) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is "just about done" with the final phase of his reintegration, a military source with access to information on Bergdahl's care told CNN.

He is expected to be assigned shortly to a new Army …

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Sgt. Bergdahl posed with Taliban leader

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Bergdahl deal scrutinized at congressional hearing

(CNN) - Emotions ran high Wednesday at a hearing on Capitol Hill to examine the circumstances surrounding Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's capture by the Taliban in 2009 and the deal that led to his release in late May.

Bergdahl was captured after he walked off his base in Afghanistan's Paktika province, …

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Hollywood filmmakers pursue Bowe Bergdahl's story for the big screen - Jun. 17, 2014

Two filmmakers are reportedly developing features about Bowe Bergdahl, the 28-year-old soldier who returned to the United States after five years in Taliban captivity.

Bergdahl's "life rights" are "still up for grabs," according to The Hollywood Reporter, one of the entertainment news outlets that …

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Bowe Bergdahl returns home to a long road ahead - CNN.com

Bowe Bergdahl returns home -- to a long road ahead

(CNN) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war, returned home early Friday, his hero's welcome supplanted by a controversial prisoner swap and his reputation tarnished by accusations he was a deserter.

He arrived in San Antonio …

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Bowe Bergdahl returning to U.S. for more treatment after release

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is on a flight from Europe and is scheduled to arrive in San Antonio, Texas, within hours.

Bergdahl had been in a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, since he was released in Afghanistan after five years of Taliban captivity.

He is expected to be taken to a military …

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Bowe Bergdahl: Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown

(CNN) – In this in-depth, three-part documentary, CNN's Jake Tapper reports on Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's time in captivity, life before the Army, and what happened the night he disappeared in Afghanistan.

Watch part two here, or by clicking on the video below.

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Watch part three here, or …

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Will Democrats pay a price for Bergdahl deal?

Critics of President Barack Obama's foreign policy are getting louder by the day, and that poses risks for Democrats this fall and even in 2016.

According to previews of Hillary Clinton's memoirs, "Hard Choices," the former secretary of state distances herself from Obama on certain decisions, such …

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Polls: Plurality disapprove of Bergdahl swap for Taliban prisoners

Washington (CNN) – More Americans disapprove than approve of the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban prisoners, according to two new national polls.

And the surveys indicate a wide partisan divide over the controversial deal, with most Republicans giving the exchange a thumbs …

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Boehner: Americans could die because of Bergdahl swap

Washington (CNN) - House Speaker John Boehner predicted Americans would die because of the swap of five Taliban detainees in exchange for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"We are going to pay for this. There is not any doubt in my mind that there are going to be costs, lost lives …

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The Bergdahl exchange: The latest developments - CNN.com

The Bergdahl exchange: Catch up on the latest developments

(CNN) -- Lawmakers drew battle lines for a fresh round of sparring over U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after a classified briefing Monday on the prisoner swap that led to his release. Authorities released an update about his condition. And …

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Kerry defends Bergdahl-for-Taliban exchange

(CNN) -- The five Taliban figures who got out of Guantanamo in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release would be taking an "enormous risk" if they return to the battlefield, Secretary of State John Kerry told CNN in an interview that aired Sunday.

"I'm not telling you that they don't have …

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How did 6 die after Bowe Bergdahl's disappearance?

(CNN) -- Much attention has been given to the claim made by the former platoonmates of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that he is partly to blame for the deaths of six soldiers who were killed in the months after Bergdahl disappeared.

Some soldiers have gone so far as to say the six died while searching for …

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl: Flight to freedom

It was another day in nearly five years of captivity for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and he didn't know what the 18 Taliban fighters had in store for him Saturday.

There, in the rugged mountains of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border, the heavily armed fighters turned Bergdahl over to …

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Bob Bergdahl journeyed deep into Afghan books, language to save his son

When Bob Bergdahl was formally introduced to America in the White House Rose Garden beside the President, he was startling to see and hear at first: He was wearing a long beard and even speaking Pashto. The transformation of the former UPS delivery man was five years in the making in the mountain …

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After Bergdahl's release, what about other Americans held captive?

The recent release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by the Taliban in Afghanistan has refocused attention on some of the other Americans held captive in that region.

Bergdahl spent five years in the hands of the Taliban before the U.S. government reached an agreement for a prisoner swap with his …

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Marine general: Taliban worse off after Bergdahl swap

Washington (CNN) - While most in Washington fret about the potential return of five former Guantanamo detainees to the front lines in Afghanistan, the former head of U.S. operations in the war-torn country says the Taliban is now worse off after the swap for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

Retired …

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Political Chatter: Kerry defends prisoner transfer, but lawmakers remain skeptical

In an interview that aired Sunday on CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry defended the transfer of five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but even a leading Democratic senator raised questions about the administration’s handling of the …

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What's been missing in the coverage of Bowe Bergdahl's return

Rolling Stone writer and former soldier Matthew Farwell tells Brian Stelter about Bowe Bergdahl based on the 2012 article he collaborated on with the late Michael Hastings.

Stelter started the segment with this commentary:

Before we go any further on this Bergdahl story, I have to say something about …

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Source: Bergdahl physically abused by Taliban

(CNN) -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was physically abused during his five years in Taliban captivity and is suffering from psychological trauma, a senior U.S. official told CNN on Friday.

The information bolstered the White House argument that President Barack Obama needed to move quickly to secure …

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U.S. official: Sgt. Bergdahl wants to be called private first class

(CNN) - U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was promoted while held prisoner by the Taliban, said he wants to be recognized by his old rank, according to a senior U.S. official.

"In his mind, he's a Pfc," the official told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr on Sunday.

Now in the beginning of the …

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Red News/Blue News: The Bergdahl backfire

Gloria Borger, Ryan Lizza, Matt Lewis and Brian Stelter on how the media mood surrounding Bowe Bergdahl’s release turned from celebration to condemnation.

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In book, Clinton raised concern about any Taliban talks for Bergdahl

When she was America's top diplomat, Hillary Clinton acknowledged that negotiating with the Taliban for Bowe Bergdahl's release "would be hard to swallow for many Americans," according to a copy of her upcoming book, "Hard Choices," which was obtained by CBS News.

In other foreign policy matters, …

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General: Bergdahl was one of us

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FBI: Bowe Bergdahl's parents have received threats - CNN.com

FBI: Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's parents have received threats

Hailey, Idaho (CNN) -- The FBI is investigating threats against the parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the latest development in a case that has put the spotlight on the circumstances surrounding his capture in Afghanistan and release by …

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Former soldiers say undisciplined unit not why Bergdahl walked

Just weeks before U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked off base and into Taliban hands, a British filmmaker caught on video scenes that would come to define his unit as an unruly, undisciplined bunch.

The video, published by the British newspaper The Guardian, showed some soldiers breaking Army rules …

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'Lone Survivor': Bergdahl branded already

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Celebrated at first, Bergdahl's release raises questions

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release from Taliban captivity was largely celebrated at first.

In the ensuing days, however, several serious issues have arisen, bearing upon death, honor and the law.

Were U.S. soldiers killed searching for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl?

A controversy exists over whether soldiers …

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