Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy (Conn.) hailed Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl as an “American hero” when he returned to the U.S. as part of a controversial prisoner swap in 2014, but on Monday, Bergdahl pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy when he walked off his base in Afghanistan in 2009.
Despite “huge costs” and a stalemate after 16 years of war in Afghanistan, the commander in charge of troops there says he favors the Trump administration’s new strategy of seeking peace talks with the radical Islamic Taliban.
Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to plead guilty to charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy after he abandoned his Afghanistan post and spent half a decade under Taliban captivity, according to two individuals who have knowledge of the case.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Tuesday the Pentagon’s new strategy on Afghanistan will bring U.S. troops closer to the front lines to fight alongside government forces in an effort to force the Taliban into peace negotiations.
The Taliban claimed responsibility for the rocket attack Wednesday that struck an airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, and said the target was Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Defense Secretary James Mattis announced Thursday that he has signed orders to deploy additional troops to Afghanistan as part of the new military strategy President Donald Trump outlined last week.
A suicide bomber blew himself up at the entrance to a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in Kabul as other attackers stormed the building, killing at least 13 people including worshippers gathering for Friday prayers, officials said.
“My original instinct was to pull out” of Afghanistan, President Trump said this week. “But all my life I’ve heard that decisions are much different when you sit behind the desk in the Oval Office; in other words, when you’re president of the United States.”
The Department of Defense has thousands more American troops on the ground in Afghanistan than it has publicly disclosed, according to defense officials.
The U.S. Air Force may intensify its strikes in Afghanistan and expand training of the Afghan air force following President Donald Trump’s decision to forge ahead with the 16-year-old war, its top general told Reuters on Tuesday.