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Lawmakers sign letter opposing back pay for Bowe Bergdahl

Rep. Elise M. Stefanik is one of 100 lawmakers signing onto a letter urging the Army not to award back pay that could be worth more than $300,000 to Bowe Bergdahl.


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Americans struggle to meet the French Foreign Legion’s high bar

For almost 200 years, the French Foreign Legion has prided itself on offering a haven for men yearning for adventure and a new start in life. It was just what “Edward,” a 24-year-old Californian, was looking for after he was booted out of the U.S. Marine Corps in 2015 for a disciplinary infraction.


Bergdahl could still collect $300,000 from the Army despite dishonorable discharge

An unnamed official told Army Times that even if Bergdahl is found ineligible for captivity pay, he could still be entitled to accumulated basic pay and deployment pay.

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Deserter Bergdahl gets no jail time; dishonorably discharged

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the former Taliban captive who pleaded guilty last month to deserting his combat post in Afghanistan and endangering his fellow troops, will not serve prison time, a military judge ruled Friday.


Prosecutors recommend 14 years in prison for Bergdahl; judge could decide sentence Friday

Army prosecutors on Thursday recommended Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for years after walking off his post in Afghanistan, serve 14 years in a military prison for deserting and endangering his fellow troops.


Psychiatrist: Bergdahl likely suffered from PTSD and other disorders before his capture

A forensic psychiatrist said Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was suffering from schizotypal personality disorder and has likely suffered with the condition most of his life. Dr. Charles Morgan said the disorder likely contributed to his washing out of Coast Guard basic training.


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Intelligence provided by former Taliban captive Bergdahl is 'a gold mine,' officials testify

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has provided intelligence analysts and Pentagon hostage experts valuable information about the Taliban-linked group that held him captive for five years after he walked off his Afghanistan combat post in 2009, two officials testified Tuesday.


Bergdahl: ‘The words I’m sorry are not enough’

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl took the witness stand Monday, delivering an apology to servicemembers sent searching eastern Afghanistan for him after his “horrible decision” to walk away from his combat post eight years ago.


Convicted murderer attends the Bergdahl trial, says 'I got my firing squad standing by'

An apparent security lapse enabled a convicted murderer to access Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's sentencing hearing last week, where the individual made threatening remarks about the former Taliban prisoner, who has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.


Soldier testifies in Bergdahl trial: ‘I thought I was going to definitely die’

A former soldier permanently injured during a mission in eastern Afghanistan to collect information about missing Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl testified Thursday that he did not expect to survive the operation.


SEAL testifies in Bergdahl trial: ‘He’s an American … and he had a mom’

Special operators risked their lives to rescue Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl even though they knew he had deserted because “he had a mom,” a former Navy SEAL seriously wounded during the search testified Wednesday.


For those tasked with finding Bowe Bergdahl, deep resentment remains

The judge who will determine Bergdahl's fate, Army Col. Jeffrey Nance, is set to hear on Wednesday from troops who say their serious injuries are linked to Bergdahl's disappearance — testimony that could determine the severity of Bergdahl's punishment.


Bergdahl judge says he can be fair despite Trump's comments

The military judge who will sentence Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl expressed concern Monday about a new comment made President Donald Trump about the former Taliban captive, though he insisted the soldier’s punishment would not be influenced by the president.


Bergdahl saga set to enter sentencing phase

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will learn his fate inside a Fort Bragg courtroom next week when defense attorneys and prosecutors will spar over the circumstances surrounding the soldier’s decision to walk off his combat outpost in Afghanistan some eight years ago.


Bergdahl lawyers: Judge should throw out case over new Trump comment

Attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl renewed efforts to have the soldier’s court-martial dismissed, filing an 11th-hour motion Tuesday arguing President Donald Trump’s reasserted past criticism of their client makes a fair sentence impossible.


Bergdahl enters guilty plea to desertion, misbehavior charges without plea deal

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl pleaded guilty Monday to charges that he deserted his Afghanistan combat post and misbehaved before the enemy, acts he told a judge were “very inexcusable” and endangered his fellow troops.


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A guilty plea by Bergdahl on Monday could set up a unique military pre-sentencing trial

Some eight years after Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked off his combat outpost in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan, he is expected to plead guilty Monday to charges he deserted his unit and misbehaved before the enemy, endangering his fellow soldiers.


Report: Bergdahl expected to plead guilty to desertion, misbehavior

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for half a decade after abandoning his Afghanistan post, is expected to plead guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, two individuals with knowledge of the case said.


Bergdahl’s lawyers pursue emails ‘unmistakably’ between prosecutors and White House

Lawyers for alleged deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are pursuing uncensored copies of emails they believe show the Trump administration’s attempt to appear impartial by backing off disparaging comments made on the campaign trail.


Prosecutors say they don't plan to use statements Bergdahl made while held captive

Army prosecutors in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl desertion case said they don’t plan to use statements against him that he allegedly made while he was held captive for nearly five years by the Taliban in Afghanistan.


Judge will allow evidence of injuries in Bergdahl sentencing

Evidence that a soldier and a Navy Seal who were injured on missions to search for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will be permitted during the sentencing portion of his court-martial, according to a ruling from the military judge on Friday.


Judge won’t drop rare misbehavior charge against Bergdahl

The Army judge overseeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial declined to drop the rare misbehavior charge that could land the former Taliban captive in prison for the rest of his life.


Bergdahl lawyers want to ask potential jurors if they voted for Trump

Lawyers for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said Wednesday they want to ask prospective jurors in the soldier’s court-martial about their opinions on President Donald Trump to ensure their client receives a fair trial.


Arguments on troops’ injuries expected at Bergdahl hearing this week

Prosecutors want to present evidence that a soldier and a Navy SEAL suffered grievous injuries on separate missions to find Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if the accused deserter is convicted later this year, recent court documents show.


Trump says he might not obey Guantanamo and marijuana provisions in spending law

Trump’s language on Guantanamo was similar to a more expansive signing statement that President Barack Obama issued in November 2015 in response to congressional restrictions on Guantanamo transfers.


Judge moves Bergdahl trial to October

The military judge overseeing the court-martial of accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl set an October trial date for the case during a hearing Friday at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.


Motions hearings for Bergdahl Friday at Fort Bragg

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected in court Friday morning as motions hearings leading up to his court-martial continue at Fort Bragg.


Bergdahl trial delayed as his lawyers appeal to highest military court over Trump comments

The court-martial against accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was delayed this week as his attorneys asked a third court to dismiss the case over disparaging comments President Donald Trump often repeated on the campaign trail about the former Taliban captive.


Senator: Marines set to consider charges in recruit's death

Nearly a year after 20-year-old Raheel Siddiqui fell three stories to his death at Parris Island, S.C., no charges have been filed against the still-unnamed drill instructor accused of hitting him and forcing him to run back and forth in a training barracks even after Siddiqui requested medical attention.


Bergdahl appeals judge’s decision not to dismiss case over Trump comments

Lawyers for accused deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl asked an appellate court on Monday to overturn a military judge’s decision not to dismiss the court-martial against the soldier over repeated, negative comments made by President Donald Trump.


Trump’s comments about Bergdahl 'disturbing,' judge says

Disparaging remarks made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail about accused Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are “disturbing,” the military judge overseeing the soldier’s court-martial said Monday.


ANALYSIS

Trump called Bergdahl a 'dirty, rotten traitor,' now a judge has to decide if it matters

Attorneys for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will spar with Army prosecutors Monday over disparaging comments about the accused deserter made by President Donald Trump on the campaign trail and whether they will have an impact on the soldier’s ability to receive a fair trial.


US team uses Facebook, guerrilla marketing to peel off potential Islamic State recruits

Sometime today, a teenager in Tunis will check his smartphone for the latest violent video from the Islamic State. But the images that pop up first will be of a different genre: young Muslims questioning the morality of terrorists who slaughter innocents and enslave girls for sex.

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: June 2, 2014

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