Taliban frees US soldier after near 5 years captivity in Afghanistan

By REUTERS
May 31, 2014 19:52




WASHINGTON - US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan, has been released and is now in US custody, President Barack Obama said on Saturday.

As part of Bergdahl's release, the United States is turning over five Taliban detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the custody of Qatar, US officials said.

Bergdahl's freedom follows months of indirect US-Taliban talks with Qatar acting as intermediary, the officials said.


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