And he spent another 5 years in hell after a Bergdahl-type deal soured. A personal history of how swapping bad guys for American prisoners can go bad.
The Taliban swap for Sgt. Bergdahl is just the latest in a long line of occasions when America willingly dealt with bad guys. And like it or not, this is how wars end.
The White House is promising to give allies around the world $5 billion to fight terrorists. But America’s been doing that for years -- and no one seems to know what this new program is.
The president's proposed counterterrorism plan might appear underwhelming, but doing more -- or doing less -- is not an option.
Old 'people's war' tactics are being mobilized against a new threat.
Kenya's counterterrorism approach following the Westgate Mall attack is crude -- and may actually be spawning more violence.
China's online community laments the latest violent attack in the western region of Xinjiang.
Beijing and Washington's very different response to the latest deadly attack in Xinjiang.
Richard Clarke's new thriller about the U.S. drone program hits surprisingly close to home. But is the administration insider a critic of Obama's war on terror?
With the country descending into chaos, President Goodluck Jonathan is running out of excuses and places to hide.
The state isn't trying to use Boko Haram as a political tool -- it's just been totally useless in doing anything to defeat it.
Why women are the "spoils of war" in Nigeria and around the world -- and nobody cares.
The CIA wants to use fingerprint scanners and GPS devices to make sure Syria's rebels target Assad -- not the West.
Britain has plenty of good reasons to stop its citizens from fighting in Syria, but asking mothers to inform on their sons won't work.
Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on what his country really needs from the West and why Putin's politics just don't make sense.
The government has new plan to ensure that your seat belts are fastened, seats are in the upright position -- and no one is hacking your plane.
Meet the Jordanian cleric who's sending young men to fight and die in Syria's civil war.
Algeria's long-ruling president is cruising to victory in the polls. But the outside world shouldn't be fooled: The authorities are losing control.
Germany's crackdown on a Hezbollah-affiliated group shows that it may finally be wising up about the Lebanese paramilitary organization.
In a new video, a resurgent AQAP celebrates their latest jailbreak and warns what comes next.
From global-health success story to nightmare: How a worldwide effort to eradicate polio went from Jonas Salk to Islamist terrorist.
On faking blackness, dickriders, basic training, and the sad fabulist and wannabe-warrior-of-Islam, Nicholas Teausant.
Why ensuring nuclear material doesn't end up in terrorists' hands should still be at the very top of President Obama's agenda.
The trouble with high speed rail in China; how small satellites are turning space into a DIY playground; and what happens to "child sorcerers" in Congo.
President Obama takes a big risk and scores a win for democracy -- and no one gives a damn.
How the franchise operations of the world's most infamous terrorist organization became more potent than the mothership.