Back In Action: Bowe Bergdahl Returns to Duty with the US Army

bergdahlEditor’s Note: While the investigation of Bergdahl’s disappearance and time spent with Taliban captors continues, Bowe is sent back to work for the service. Do we really want him there? 

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to return to active duty with the US Army on Monday just four weeks on from his return to the United States after spending five years in captivity with the Taliban.

According to the New York Times, Bergdahl will begin work at the Army North headquarters in San Antonio’s Fort Sam Houston, the same base where he has undergone therapy and counseling to deal with his reintegration back to the West.

The soldier will also meet with Major General Kenneth R. Dahl, who is investigating the controversial and still publicly unexplained circumstances surrounding his disappearance in 2009 and imprisonment.

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According to the New York Times, Berghdal will move from therapy to a regular soldier’s job as part of his reintegration process and will live on barracks and share with two soldiers who will help with his readjustment.

Since his return from Afghanistan, Sgt. Bergdahl has been involved in debriefings with his superiors about his time as a Taliban prisoner after he was released six weeks ago in exchange for five Taliban detainees.

Just last week, a photo of Bergdahl, smiling and posing with a former senior Taliban official in Afghanistan was posted on Twitter.

The undated photo, likely taken during Bergdahl’s five years in captivity, was posted on the social media site on Wednesday by @khorasan3, an account associated with the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Along with the image were the words ‘#US Solider #Bergdahl with Martyr #Taliban Leader Badar’udin Haqqani(RH) S/O Shaykh Jalaludin Haqqani(HA).’

The Middle East Research Institute has confirmed that the man in the photo is Taliban Commander Badruddin Haqqani, a senior member of the Haqqani network in Afghanistan.

He was considered the organisation’s day-to-day operations commander and was killed in a U.S. drone strike in August 2012. He was also the son of Haqqani head Jalaluddin Haqqani. 

The Haqqani Network is an Islamist insurgent group allied with the Taliban and using asymmetric warfare to fight against US-led NATO forces and the government of Afghanistan.

Later @khorasan tweeted a series of messages in which they claimed Bergdahl was never tortured by the Taliban and only treated with kindness during his five years in captivity.

Former POW Bergdahl was controversially released by the Taliban in May in exchange for five Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Since arriving back on American soil, he has been held at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio as part of his ‘reintegration.’

Last week it emerged that he is being allowed to wander off the Texas base and while under supervision he has visited a library, a supermarket, stores and fast-food chains near the camp.

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