• US soldier held by Afghan militants to face court-martial

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    WASHINGTON, D.C.: Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan for five years before being freed in a swap for Guantanamo Bay detainees, will face a court-martial for desertion, the Army said Monday. In a statement, the Army said Bergdahl, 29, would stand trial on two charges: desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty; and misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place. The only American in uniform to be held by insurgents in the Afghanistan war, Taliban-linked Haqqani militants captured Bergdahl after he left his base in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border in June 2009. He was released in May 2014.

    AFP

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