Bergdahl’s former platoon mates: ‘He needs to answer’ to charge that he became a ‘warrior for Islam’

platoonAmid all the controversy around the Obama administration’s deal for the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an explosive charge has surfaced that the soldier converted to Islam during his captivity and declared himself a “mujahid,” or warrior for Islam.

In a Fox News exclusive, the network reported this new information comes from secret documents prepared by former intelligence officers and operatives who have subcontracted with the Defense Department, based on “a purported eyewitness account.”

In a powerful interview, Fox News host Megyn Kelly sat down with six former members of Bergdahl’s platoon Thursday to get their reaction to the breaking news and the overall case.

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Bergdahl’s former platoon leader Evan Buetow said they knew he was trying to find the Taliban, or someone who could speak English to help him communicate with the Taliban.

Kelly asked the veterans about charges from the Obama administration that they were trying to “swift-boat” Bergdahl, with one official referring to them as possible “psychopaths.”

“This is not about politics,” Buetow said. “This is about the fact that Bergdahl walked away from us, went to try to find the Taliban, and we know that for a fact. We were all there, and there is not one person you could find who would say that they don’t believe that — at least who was there.”

All six men agreed that Bergdahl deserted, and all six want to see him court-martialed.

“He needs to answer for what he did,” Buetow said.

When asked what they would say to Bergdahl if given the chance, all seemed to be in agreement — they want to know why he turned his back on them.

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Tom Tillison


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