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Parents of POW appealing to Obama

May 9, 2012 at 9:56 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- The parents of an American soldier taken prisoner by the Taliban in Afghanistan have appealed to President Obama to revisit negotiations for his release.

The parents of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who Taliban insurgents captured nearly three years ago, have revealed previously secret efforts by the Obama administration to win his freedom in exchange for five senior Taliban members, The New York Times reported Wednesday.

The deal, which would have sent the Taliban members to house arrest in Qatar, fell apart in November.

Now parents Bob and Jani Bergdahl said they're worried the government isn't concerned enough about their son to revisit talks over his release, The Washington Post reported.

"We don't have faith in the U.S. government being able to reconcile this," Bob Bergdahl said.

The White House, the State Department and the Pentagon have not made a public response to the Bergdahls' concerns, the Post reported.

The Taliban last released a video featuring Bergdahl, 26, in May 2011, though the government believes he is still alive and well.

Topics: Barack Obama
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