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May 18th, 2012
11:29 AM ET

Bergdahl negotiations the 'first time we’ve learned that the younger Taliban generation is more radical'

Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan in June 2009 and he remains the only American soldier ever to be taken alive and held by the terrorist network.

Out of "frustration with how slowly the process has evolved," on May 9th the Bergdahls revealed that Bowe had been the subject of a failed deal involving the transfer of five Taliban prisoners from the U.S. military prison at Guantánamo.

In this week's issue, Time Magazine features an article with the inside details about these stalled negotiations.

Time international editor Jim Frederick discusses the most interesting revelations about Bergdahl's case on Starting Point today.

Frederick explains that the deal for the swap broke down within a couple of days of Bergdahl's release and revealed a deep generational divide between the older members of the Taliban and the younger leaders "who have been radicalized after years of war."

Frederick explains that the younger members of the Taliban refused to cooperate with the deal, acknowledging that Bergdahl is "one of [the organization's] most important bargaining chips."

Regarding the American policy not to negotiate with terrorists, Frederick emphasizes that this situation confirms that "the U.S.government has been negotiating with the Taliban for months, if not years," despite what the government has been saying publicly.


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