U.S. Army begins probe into former POW Bergdahl's disappearance

WASHINGTON Mon Jun 16, 2014 1:09pm EDT

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014. REUTERS/U.S. Army/Handout via Reuters

U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Berghdal is pictured in this undated handout photo provided by the U.S. Army and received by Reuters on May 31, 2014.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Monday it had begun an investigation into the 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. soldier freed last month after five years in Taliban captivity.

"The Army has initiated its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan on or about June 30, 2009," the Army said in a statement.

Major General Kenneth Dahl will head the investigation, the Army said. Bergdahl, who is being treated at a Texas medical base after returning to the United States last week, will not be interviewed until a military team that specializes in returning prisoners of war clears him to do so. "No timeline for completion of the investigation has been set," the Army said.

Reuters reported over the weekend that a two-star general had been appointed to head the probe.

(Reporting by Phil Stewart and Missy Ryan; Editing by Eric Beech)

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Let’s hope it is truth not political expediency that comes out of this investigation. Major Generals have two more steps in rank excluding chairman of the joint chiefs rank to attain. Plenty of carrot for an acceptable outcome and retirement for a less acceptable outcome. We will see in due time, the trend is to attack anyone who has a negative thing to say about Bergdahl and sent out Susan Rice to sell Service with Honor and Distinction to the public for the man that is an alleged deserter to his platoon mates.

Jun 16, 2014 1:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SoutherRican wrote:
My money is on a Whitewash of the incident, that is why a 2 Star General was placed on the investigation. To earn his 3rd Star he must side with the administration, to make the President look as if he made a good choice in letting go 5 high ranking terrorist. I may be wrong if he Honor’s the oath he gave at United States Military Academy. The truth is more important, then kissing the President’s boots. Don’t forget Obama has a habit of releasing Generals, that don’t see it his way, we’ll see.

Jun 16, 2014 1:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JamVee wrote:
It is totally unimaginable that the Army never investigated his “walking away from his post” . . . FIVE LONG YEARS AGO!

Jun 16, 2014 1:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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