RELEASED US SOLDIER ‘WANTED TO HUNT AND KILL’

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WASHINGTON D.C.: A member of Bowe Bergdahl’s unit in Afghanistan told Congress on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) that the recently released US Army sergeant “wanted to hunt and kill” Taliban, even while telling relatives he aimed to help Afghans. Last month’s transfer of five hardened Taliban operatives from Guantanamo prison in exchange for Bergdahl’s freedom has triggered a political row in Washington, with Republicans accusing President Barack Obama of giving away too much in the swap. Critics have pointed to reports Bergdahl may have deserted his Afghanistan base on June 30, 2009 after growing frustrated with US policy. But administration officials argue the military duty to bring all US soldiers home is paramount.

AFP

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