BREAKING: Bergdahl Freed From Captivity
This is the happiest NBC News Alert I've ever received. According to NBC News, Hailey native Bowe Bergdahl was released from Taliban custody today.
Bergdahl has been held captive in Afghanistan since he allegedly walked away from a military base in June 2009. He was the only US service member ever to be kept in enemy custody. The report goes on to say that Bergdahl is now in the custody of the United States military. After US special forces confirmed their identity to Bergdahl on the rescue hospital, he broke down in tears.
President Obama released the following statement via the White House's twitter account:
The Berghdahl family will not be doing interviews with the media today but did release the following statement.
“We were so joyful and relieved when President Obama called us today to give us the news that Bowe is finally coming home! We cannot wait to wrap our arms around our only son. We want to thank Bowe’s many supporters in Idaho, around the nation and around the world. We thank the Amir of Qatar for his efforts. And of course, we want to take this opportunity to thank all those in the many U.S. Government agencies who never gave up. Today, we are ecstatic!”
We'll give you more details as they become available.