Taliban officials and the Afghan government have held new secret talks in Qatar aimed at restarting peace negotiations to end the country's long war, three officials say, though questions remain over which faction of the insurgency is doing the talking.
Prosecutors are pushing back against efforts by lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to have Gen. Robert Abrams disqualified as the court-martial convening authority, saying the defense team's issues are with the decades-old military justice system.
Army Gen. Roberts Abrams said Wednesday that he was “absolutely not” influenced by comments made by Sen. John McCain or others when he elected to send accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case to a general court-martial.
Army Maj. Justin C. Oshana, the lead prosecutor in the court-martial, argued the defense attorney’s motion is irrelevant because McCain is not part of the chain of command and no judge has ever thrown out a case because of congressional meddling.
The four-star Army general who sent accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case to a felony-level, general court-martial will be required to testify Wednesday about accusations that he destroyed letters related to the case, a military judge has ruled.
An Army judge is expected to decide Monday whether accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s case was improperly influenced by a powerful senator or whether the four-star commander overseeing it must be dismissed.
Hours before disappearing from his combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan, then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl asked a fellow soldier how one might become a hitman, saying he'd dreamed of joining the Russian mafia as an assassin, according to a sworn statement filed by Army prosecutors.
Lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl want to even the playing field by hiring a second forensic psychiatrist, one more comparable to the renowned doctor hired by the government earlier this year as consultant on the soldier's mental capacity at the time of his captivity.
Lawyers for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years after abandoning a remote Army outpost in Afghanistan and faces criminal charges for leaving his unit, on Friday accused his top commander of burning more than 100 letters regarding the case.
Attorneys for accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl asked a military judge on Monday to dismiss charges against the soldier, contending the case has been unfairly influenced by the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Attorneys for accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have asked a judge to remove the soldier’s case from the service’s court calendar after prosecutors asked for additional time to review thousands of documents containing classified evidence.
An Oscar-winning filmmaker has asked a judge to prevent the military from forcing him to turn over interviews with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, adding Hollywood intrigue to the soldier's prosecution on desertion accusations.
Progress in Bergdahl’s case had been halted since Feb. 5, when prosecutors asked an appellate court to overturn a military judge’s ruling that ordered them to turn over classified evidence to the soldier’s lawyers.
When Medal of Honor recipient Clinton Romesha was a boy, his father taught him life lessons. “It’s OK to make mistakes,” was one of them, Romesha said. “One of the greatest teaching tools is that you can learn from mistakes.”
Command Sgt. Maj. Ken Wolf had a message for the families of troops killed in Afghanistan after Bowe Bergdahl walked off his post. “Their sons did not die looking for Pfc. Bergdahl,” Wolf said on Thursday’s “Serial” podcast, the 11th and final episode of the season.
The Pentagon has proposed significant changes to how troops are tried and sentenced, two years after a comprehensive review of the military justice system was ordered by then-Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the wake of persistent sexual assault controversies.
Army lawyers say the document's disclosure includes sensitive information in the controversial case and raises questions about whether Bergdahl's lawyers will appropriately handle classified information.
The latest episode in the “Serial” podcast about Bowe Bergdahl explored how politics distorted the case from the moment the Army sergeant’s release from years of Taliban captivity was announced on a sunny May day in the White House Rose Garden in 2014.
Nearly one year after the Army charged Bowe Bergdahl with crimes that could send him to prison for the rest of his life, the former Taliban captive’s defense team has launched an increasingly public campaign to change the narrative surrounding his court-martial.
Bowe Bergdahl believed in an honor code that demanded action to right wrongs, no matter how futile the effort. He believed that a man should never bow to a corrupt system. And he also believed that his brigade commander might try to kill his own soldiers by sending them on a suicide mission.
Sitting in the office of his Bayshore Boulevard home, Jay Hood holds a picture of five bearded men — all Taliban leaders taken off the battlefields of Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay until they were swapped for an Army sergeant who walked away from his post.
General court-martial proceedings in the case of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl have been indefinitely halted by an appeals court over a disagreement in the handling of classified information.
It's an axiom among military leaders: command is not a popularity contest. That folk wisdom has given a measure of comfort to many officers whose soldiers resent them for sending them into harm's way -- and frustrated many more soldiers convinced that their commander really does not have their best interests at heart.
In the newest "Serial" episode, Bowe Bergdahl goes deeper into his reasons for walking off his base. For one, he thought his commanders were too fixated on making sure soldiers followed the rules for how they should appear.
A corrosive commander. An unclear mission. An inflated sense of his own abilities. The factors that pushed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to walk off his post in eastern Afghanistan in 2009 were the focus of the sixth and latest installment of the podcast “Serial,” which is examining Bergdahl’s case.
The effort to find and rescue Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl after he was taken to Pakistan was understaffed and disorganized, hampered by competing interests, lack of interest and disdain for the soldier “up and down the chain of command,” according to the fifth installment aired Thursday of the podcast “Serial.”
The Army will not decide whether alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will receive two significant medals that could be associated with his five years of captivity until after he is court-martialed for deliberately walking away from his infantry platoon's base in 2009, an Army official said.
A military lawyer representing accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl called for the Army to award his client several medals, including the Purple Heart and the Prisoner of War medal, during a pre-trial hearing Tuesday.
Bowe Bergdahl’s torturer called him a dog, a donkey and an infidel as he sliced into the soldier’s chest with a razor blade. On each occasion, Bergdahl said, the man would make 60 or 70 slow, painful incisions. He said he stopped counting after the 600th cut.
In his new book, "Power Wars," the author Charlie Savage makes a meticulous case that – with few exceptions – Presdent Barack Obama preserved a long war on terror that many progressives in the 2000s regarded as criminal.
The juxtaposition of two American military men who could stand in the same courtroom in the coming months couldn’t be set in more stark relief. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces a general court-martial for walking off of his base in Afghanistan. Navy SEAL Jimmy Hatch, who led a platoon into a fierce battle to try to rescue Bergdahl, was shot and badly wounded on that mission.
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl sat stiff and upright Tuesday morning as he made his first appearance before a military judge, declining to enter a plea to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in Afghanistan that could send him to prison for life.
The American soldier’s capture was a gift from God to the Taliban, the militants said; he was like “a golden chicken.” They thought so even after 15 of their fighters were killed in a raid by U.S. forces trying their hardest in the summer of 2009 to find Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl.
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion, but that isn't the reason he faces life imprisonment in his court-martial. Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the maximum punishment for desertion is five years. The potential life sentence comes from a now-obscure charge with origins in the articles of war enacted by the Continental Congress on Sept. 20, 1776: the charge of misbehavior before the enemy.
Military law experts cautioned against reading too much into an Army commander’s decision to send Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to trial at a general court-martial rather than to follow a recommendation that would have limited penalties and losses.
A new congressional report details what Republicans call a deception surrounding a controversial 2014 prisoner swap, suggesting the release of five Taliban prisoners in exchange for American captive Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had an ulterior motive: helping President Obama get closer to his goal of shutting down the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.