ISLAMABAD: The Taliban have extended an offer to hand over a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.
US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009, “is as far as I know in good condition,” Shaheen Suhail, a Taliban spokesman, said in an exclusive telephone interview with foreign news agency from the newly opened Taliban offices in Doha, Qatar. However, He offered no details on Bergdahl’s current whereabouts.
Shaheen says “first has to be the release of detainees,” and after that, the Taliban “want to build bridges of confidence.”