On June 30, 26-year-old Idahoan Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will celebrate an important anniversary: his third year in captivity as an American prisoner of war.
Bergdahl has not enjoyed the household-name status of former POW Jessica Lynch, who was rescued to fanfare scarcely a month after her March 23, 2003 capture in Iraq, and still enjoys some celebrity as a motivational speaker. To advocacy organizations and to Bergdahl’s parents, it seems that his people and his government have forgotten him.
A spokesman for U.S. Central Command, John Wagner, said that Bergdahl is still believed to be held by the Haqqani network, a Taliban-affiliated insurgent group operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Other than the five videos released by the network between December 2009 and May 2011 showing Bergdahl and reports from Dec. 2011 that he had made an unsuccessful escape attempt, Wagner said no new information has emerged about his situation.