Bowe Bergdahl is the only American soldier still in captivity. The Army sergeant was taken in Afghanistan in 2009. The Taliban has long demanded the release of five prisoners from Guantanamo in exchange for his freedom. Today a U.S. official confirmed new discussions led by diplomats and the Pentagon are underway. Senator John McCain is a former prisoner of war and speaks with Anderson about this and frightening developments in Syria.
The Pentagon is urgently investigating the helicopter crash that killed six U.S. troops in Southern Afghanistan. U.S. officials tell CNN they are looking at whether they died from enemy gunfire after their helicopter crashed, not the impact of the crash itself. Barbara Starr has the latest on the situation.
It's a reunion five years in the making. For Army Captain Matt Zeller, it is mission accomplished. He promised to get the Afghan interpreter who saved his life a visa to move to the U.S. That interpreter, Janis Shinwari, quickly became a top Taliban target and landed on their "kill list." Anderson talks to them about why the visa was so difficult to obtain.
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Retired General Stanley McChrystal says military style firearms shouldn’t be in civilian hands. He talked with Anderson Cooper about gun control here at home and as the former U.S. commander in Afghanistan, he had some thoughts on the potential pullout of all U.S. troops by 2014.
Read the rush transcript of the interview:
You made headlines just recently talking about gun control. What is your view when you see these military-style weapons in the hands of civilians?
GEN. STANLEY MCCHRYSTAL (RET.), FORMER U.S. COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN: I spent a lifetime, a career carrying a weapon, an M16 first and then an M4 carbine later.
And they fire a .556 round at about 3,000 feet per second and when it hits human flesh, it's devastating. It's designed to be that way. That's what I want soldiers to carry. But I don't want those weapons around our schools, I don't want them on our streets. I think that if we can't - it's not a complete fix to just address assault weapons, but I think if we don't get very serious now when we seeing children being buried, then I can't think of a time when we should.
Ari Fleischer and Paul Begala discuss the likely topics for the upcoming presidential debate focusing on foreign policy.
CNN's John King, Dan Lothian and Jim Acosta discuss where Pres. Obama and Mitt Romney stand on the war in Afghanistan and whether the war will play a part in voters' decisions in the upcoming election.
Fmr. CIA Officer Bob Baer says he's concerned about the fate of Afghanistan and explains what he thinks the U.S. has to do to insure a safe transition. Baer is part of AC360's series "What Keeps You Up at Night," which focuses on election issues.
Peter Bergen, David Gergen, Ari Fleischer, Paul Begala and Gloria Borger explain their view on the greater significance of President Obama's Afghanistan trip.
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