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US to offer Taliban prisoners exchange to free Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

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Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmad Shah Ghanizada
Ahmadshah Ghanizada is the deputy editor in chief for The Khaama Press Agency who manages and overlooks the English edition.

U.S. Army Private Bowe Bergdahl watches as one of his captors displays his identity tag to the camera at an unknown location in Afghanistan, in this still image taken from video on July 19, 2009. The family of Bergdahl says it is frustrated that more than a year of covert U.S. diplomacy has been unable to free their son and is urging the Obama administration to push harder for his release. Bob Bergdahl, speaking out about his son's case after a long silence, said in May 2012 he hopes U.S. negotiators will press ahead with efforts to set in motion a chain of events intended in part to lead to the release of his son, believed to be held in Pakistan since he went missing in eastern Afghanistan in June 2009. REUTERS/via Reuters TV/Files  (AFGHANISTAN - Tags: MILITARY CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT)According to reports, the Obama administration has decided to resume talks with the Taliban group in Afghanistan in an effort to free American soldier in captivity.

The Obama administration is expected to offer the release of five Taliban prisoners held at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, in exchange for the freedom of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, The Washington Post reported.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was seized by militants in 2009 and he is believed to be held by Haqqani Network militants in Pakistan.

A new video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was obtained by the US military earlier this year, nearly five years after he disappeared from his military base in Afghanistan.

US military officials have said that Sgt. Bergdahl is in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity.

The move is an attempt to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl before the majority of US forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014

US officials speaking on the condition of anonymity said five members of the Afghan Taliban who have been held at Guantanamo for years would be released to protective custody in Qatar in exchange for the release of Bergdahl.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Friday that U.S. officials are eager to get the soldier back.

In the meantime the Post reported that the offer has not been formally made, adding that Bergdahl is thought to be held in Pakistan by the Haqqani network.

Initial reports suggested that Taliban offered to release him in exchange for $1 million and 21 Afghan prisoners. However, efforts to free Sgt. Bergdal, including negotiations with the militant groups for his release, have so far failed.

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