Photo Shows Bergdahl Smiling w/Top Taliban/Al Qaeda Commander

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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To understand how bad this chummy photo is, you have to understand how bad Badruddin Haqqani is. The Haqqani Network has done the most damage to the US in Afghanistan and Badruddin Haqqani was one of three brothers running it.

He was declared a terrorist and targeted by a drone strike. The Haqqani Network is something between Al Qaeda and the Taliban. Its Al Qaeda links have made it much deadlier than the ordinary Taliban and with Al Qaeda hardly present in Afghanistan even toward the end of Bush’s term, the Haqqani Network is the next best thing to it.

It is for all intents and purposes the top terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, is seen in a new image mugging for a picture with a jolly jihadi who ­has his arm resting casually on Bergdahl’s shoulder.

The bro-hug was posted Wednesday to the Twitter ­account of someone associated with the Islamic Emirate of ­Afghanistan, according to Fox News.

The supposed captor was identified by The Middle East Research Institute as a since-slain Taliban commander, Badruddin Haqqani.

Bergdahl, who was taken prisoner when he mysteriously drifted away from his unit while on patrol in Paktika province, sports a grin in the photo.

The tweet accompanying the image gives a shout-out to the Army sergeant, who was freed in exchange for five Taliban soldiers released from captivity at Guantanamo Bay by the Obama administration.

Haqqani was killed in a US drone strike in August 2012.

The photo once again backs up the claims that Bergdahl was mostly on good terms with his captors. We have yet to see a photo of him armed, but it’s not impossible that the Taliban could release such a photo as well.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Question is: How good are terrorists at Photo Shopping photographs? Al Qaeda, Hamas, Fatah, the “Palestinians,” and all the other usual suspects must have specialists in their ranks whose only weapons are their mouses.

    • Frau Katze

      I cannot see what their motive would be in this case.

      • DogmaelJones1

        Bergdahl was played as a trump card, in the expectation that he could be traded for one or two really dangerous jihadists living the high life in Gitmo. As it is, they got five back for the price of one not really dangerous American twit. It was a long-range ploy, and it worked, and they got back what they bargained for, with gravy.

        • J.B.

          You’re assuming the brokered the deal instead of Obama. The timing says otherwise.

      • DB1954

        Propaganda? Good, grief, that’s a no-brainer.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      easily done I’m sure, but don’t know why they would bother in this case

  • 1Indioviejo1

    Sgt. Bergdahl is a deserter and a traitor. He will probably get away free because Obama likes our enemies more than he likes our troops. Just keep in mind how the White house has continuously denigrated and slandered Bergdahl’s former fellow soldiers, just because they don’t support Obama’s narrative.

  • Habbgun

    Ohhh Badruddin…. I bet you say that to all the traitors

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    Who is worse? Bergdahl or his father with his arabic prayer in the Rose Garden while Obama wraps his arm around the waist of the white chick?

    A-Nakba-Alekem.

    • joba

      true…so true…

    • joba

      Obama coping a feel…that was the real payoff to get Bergdahl home!

  • Texas Patriot

    And he looks so well-fed too!

  • wileyvet

    That’s just creepy.

    • Texas Patriot

      it’s like, “Can we have a nice smile for the camera, or would you rather go back into the metal box we’ve had you in for two months?”

      • http://www.stubbornthings.org NAHALKIDES

        That is the critical question – was this early in Bergdahl’s stay as a “prisoner” of the Taliban, or was he truly under duress? I have my suspicions, but let’s see where the evidence takes us.

      • Daniel Greenfield

        might be, except there had already been independent corroboration that he had been allowed to hold weapons

        • Texas Patriot

          DG:might be, except there had already been independent corroboration that he had been allowed to hold weapons

          Before or after he tried to escape?

          • Daniel Greenfield

            Still unknown

          • Texas Patriot

            Exactly.

          • J.B.

            What difference does it make?

      • J.B.

        Or maybe he’s a sick little puppy who was happy to get a pat on the head from his father’s idols.

  • SCREW SOCIALISM

    http://images14.fotki.com/v219/photos/1/1222605/5484831/carter2-vi.jpg

    Dhimmi Carter hugging khalid mashaal of Hamass.

    Dhimmi Carter, go play in traffic during Rush Hour at night.

    • Webb

      Butt buddies.

    • Drakken

      Oh Look! More targets!

      • Webb

        2 (shit)birds with 1 stone.

  • truebearing

    One man’s traitor is another man’s way of enabling Islamists…and distracting people from a multitude of impeachable offenses.

    • J.B.

      Exactly.

  • Webb

    Show some respect. That’s their honeymoon photo. Bolo deserted to attend the big Taliban Love Festival, fell in love, and never came back. His husband never would’ve traded him off. He was a good wife.

  • joba

    not totally in agreement here..he looks scared out of his mind…and he’d better smile or else…not fair to draw too much into it…still think he’s a traitor who found out that the Tali’s aren’t so nice after all…and isn’t the terrorist smugly saying ah ha! the joke is on you, you American devils!

    • Texas Patriot

      joba: not totally in agreement here..he looks scared out of his mind…and he’d better smile or else…not fair to draw too much into it…!

      Exactly. Bergdahl looks totally emaciated and totally scared, and the guy sitting next to him looks completely freaky.

      joba: …still think he’s a traitor who found out that the Tali’s aren’t so nice after all…

      There’s a lot about this story that we still don’t know, and I think it is way too soon to pass judgment on that issue. Deserter, maybe. Traitor, maybe not. From my point of view a reasonable inference exists that Bergdahl enlisted after 9/11 to defend his country against a renegade group of terrorists who hijacked the “peaceful” religion of Islam. And why shouldn’t he think that?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_ZoroJdVnA

      When Bergdahl got over there he discovered that the situation was completely different than he thought it was, so he may have just “walked away” from it all. Did he discover that “the Tali’s aren’t so nice after all…”? He tried to escape didn’t he? They caught him and put him in a metal box and kept him there for two months, didn’t they? Does he wish he never thought about enlisting? What do you think?

      joba: ..and isn’t the terrorist smugly saying ah ha! the joke is on you, you American devils!

      That’s exactly what he’s saying, and unfortunately, the joke is on all American soldiers who enlist based on the false representations and false promises of a government that is totally clueless and has no idea what it is doing.

      • Webb

        He looks pretty satisfied to me.

      • J.B.

        Bergdahl looks exactly the same as he did before he defected: Like a scrawny little weasel. It’s embarrassing that the terrorist looks so much stronger, friendlier and normal. But then every society has its deviants like Bergdahl and you, though only the West has PC deviants.

  • http://oddhammer.com/tutorials/debt_clock/US_debt_clock_dynamic.swf John Barleycorn

    Obama is the ENEMY

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The Haqqani Network is something between Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

    Actually, they are jihadists, exactly like all other Muslims in the world.

    It is for all intents and purposes the top terrorist organization in Afghanistan.

    Rolling my eyes.

    Now that said, I think he should be thrown in the brig for life!

  • DB1954

    His first date with one of the Islamic warriors he had long-admired from afar. His post-virginal look.

    • Webb

      I’ll bet he comes to this site in order to bask in the excuses the jackasses make for him. “See there in the photo, I was totally emaciated and totally scared and the guy next to me was completely freaky, and I’m really sorry about all the guys who got killed while trying to find me . . . ” Yeah.

  • DVult

    People will do some very strange things when they are held captive. If he was or acted sympathetic to his captors I don’t think it would be that unusual. It probably is important if he deserted to the Taliban but if not then anything he did afterwards is hard to interpret. Either way I suspect this guy will need a team of psychiatrists to unravel him.

    • J.B.

      Very few captors feel anything but hatred and contempt for their captors. Ask anybody who has been in jail or prison – and remember that American cages are NOT run by the taliban. The only reason Bergdahl needs psychiatric treatment is because he defected to the taliban in the first place. The insinuation that he had stockholm syndrome is asinine.

      • DVult

        If they are physically abused, neglected and starved this may be true although anyone might crack at some level of abuse. What if the guy was the Taliban bitch for 5 years? Would he possibly then have reacted differently? I think the psychological reaction might be entirely different.

  • bob e

    they look pretty much like asshole buddies to me ..