U.S. Designates Idaho Soldier's Captor As Terrorist

Aug 16, 2011

The Obama administration has officially designated the man linked with the capture of a Northwest soldier as a terrorist. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, is the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity.

Mullah Sangeen Zadran is believed to be a key commander of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. The State Department says Sangeen is responsible for numerous kidnappings and IED attacks in Afghanistan.

The Haqqanis have also taken credit for the capture of 25-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Wildlife biologists are employing a little trickery to stop the downward spiral of a rare grassland bird in Western Washington. Friday, biologists are taking eggs from healthier larks in Oregon and swapping them into western Washington nests, hoping the lark mothers don't notice.

The streaked horned lark is a songbird native to western Oregon and Washington. This little guy recorded by researchers is slightly smaller than a robin.

HAILEY, Idaho - It's been two years since since the Taliban captured an American soldier who grew up in Hailey, Idaho. Bowe Bergdahl remains the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity. Getting him back will be a delicate matter for international peace negotiators. In the meantime Bergdahl's hometown will quietly mark the anniversary of his imprisonment on Thursday .

The children running through bark chips at the Little River Preschool were just toddlers when the Taliban captured Bowe Bergdahl.

President Obama's announcement that he will begin drawing down troops from Afghanistan was a reminder to residents of Hailey, Idaho, that they're still waiting for one of their own to return. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is the only U.S. soldier in the captivity of the Taliban. Hailey is preparing for the two-year anniversary of his capture. .

The only signs of Bowe Bergdahl in the last two years are the videos released by the Taliban. In them, the soldier, now 25, appears thin and ragged.