US Army had planned rescue operation inside Pakistan to free soldier held by Taliban

US Army officials had reportedly considered conducting a rescue mission inside Pakistan to free US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken hostage by Taliban in 2009, according to a Washington Times report.

Islamabad: US Army officials had reportedly considered conducting a rescue mission inside Pakistan to free US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken hostage by Taliban in 2009, according to a Washington Times report.

Bergdahl disappeared in June 2009 from a base in Afghanistan`s eastern Paktika province, with the Taliban later saying they had captured him, the Express Tribune reports

On May 31, he was released by the group after a period of five years following a prisoner swap agreement.

Bergdahl was made to shuttle between numerous militant groups along the Afghanistan- Pakistan border during his captivity.

According to the report, a former senior administration official who participated in discussions related to the soldier`s release said that US officials began to contemplate an operation to rescue Bergdahl.
The official added that the US` concern was angering Pakistan`s government and Inter-Services Intelligence," pointing at the May 2011 raid in Abottabad to kill al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and subsequent strain in relations between the two countries, the report said.

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