A Photo, After the Escape

Bergdahl said this photo was taken at the end of his first year, just after he had escaped for close to nine days and was recaptured. Once the men found Bergdahl, they took him back to the compound where they were keeping him. They later cleaned him up and took him to see Mullah Sangeen Zadran, who made it clear he would kill him if he tried to escape again.

Bergdahl says this photo was taken right after that meeting with Sangeen. The man with his arm draped around his shoulder is Badruddin Haqqani, son of Jalaluddin Haqqani. The Haqqanis are allied with the Taliban, who were holding Bergdahl captive in Pakistan. Badruddin Haqqani was killed in a drone strike in August 2012.

The photo was tweeted from an account associated with the Taliban (and since suspended). News reports said they tweeted it with this language:

#Exclusive #US Soldier #Bergdahl with Martyr #Taliban Leader Badar’udin Haqqani(RH) S/O Shaykh Jalaludin Haqqani(HA)

Another tweet reportedly said this:

Bowe #Bergdahl was really impressed when he saw the hospitality of #Taliban He first thought that he will be tortured But he was wrong

They posted the photo on July 9, 2014, nine days after Bergdahl was released to a U.S. Special Operations team.


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