Seeing that their Muslim brother is under attack, the Talibandits are coming out in his defence:
Taliban captive ‘had no interest in Islam’US soldier learned Pashto and Dari and kept celebrating Christian holidays during five-year captivity, says captor.
If it comes from al Jizz it must be true:
Taliban captive ‘had no interest in Islam’
A commander of the Haqqani network told the AFP news agency on Sunday that Bergdahl’s captors had tried to teachÂ the soldier about Islam and provided him with religious books, but he preferred more earthly pursuits.
“He would spend more time playing badminton or helping with cooking,” the rebel chief said. “He loved badminton and always played badminton with his handlers. In fact, he taught many fighters about the game.”
Bergdahl made a point of celebrating the Christian festivals he was accustomed to back home, and invited his captors to participate, the commander said.
“He never missed his religious festivals. He used to tell his handlers they were coming up weeks before Christmas and Easter and celebrated it with them,” he said.
Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s capture by the Taliban and especially his release five years later suggests a lot aboutÂ America’s growing military weakness – not yet in hardware but in will:
Bowe Bergdahl was raised in a cabin with no phone… He and his sister were home schooled by their father, Bob Bergdahl, an intense woodsman who trained them to shoot and survive in the wild.
For the last five years, Mr Bergdahl has been a tireless campaigner for his son’s release, at times lashing out in frustration at President Barack Obama and even trying to contact the Taliban directly on his own… [He] caught Mr Obama’s aides offguard on Saturday when he began to speak Pashto before the television cameras at the White House.
“I’m your father, Bowe,” he said in the language of his son’s captors.
Sgt Bergdahl took an unusual route into the US military, studying ballet and joining a sailing expedition from the Atlantic to the Pacific before attempting to enlist in the French Foreign Legion. Only after being rejected by France did he join the US Army.
He deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 full of idealistic conviction that he and his comrades could push back the Taliban and improve life in the long-subjugated country.
But hopefulness soon gave way to despair after his unit began to take casualties and he saw how US troops treated the Afghans they were supposed to be saving.
“These people need help, yet what they get is the most conceited country in the world telling them that they are nothing and that they are stupid,” he wrote in an email to his parents on June 27, 2009.
Three days later, according to Rolling Stone, the 23-year-old soldier simply walked off his base in Patika province, carrying a knife, his diary and a small camera.
He was captured almost immediately… A Pakistani militant commander told AFP that Sgt Bergdahl … helped with the cooking and became fluent in the Afghan languages of Pashto and Dari…
The Taliban’s demands were high: they would exchange one low-ranking US soldier for five senior Afghan fighters being held at GuantÃ¡namo Bay.
This week, Mr Obama agreed….
Republicans, meanwhile, have erupted in anger over the White House’s decision to release the GuantÃ¡namo detainees in secret and without informing Congress…
Senator John McCain, himself a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, also raised concerns over whether the tiny state of Qatar could prevent the former prisoners from again threatening the US.
“These are the hardest of the hardcore, these are the highest of the high risk people,” Mr McCain said.