US SOLDIER RELEASED BY TALIBAN IN SWAP

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WASHINGTON D.C.: The lone US soldier held captive in Afghanistan was freed on Saturday in exchange for five senior Taliban figures detained at Guantanamo Bay, in a dramatic deal brokered by Qatar. US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl — who was captured nearly five years ago — was in “good” condition after Taliban fighters handed him over to US special operations forces at an undisclosed location in eastern Afghanistan, defense officials said. The five Guantanamo Bay detainees were in turn transferred to Qatar, where their movements and activities will be restricted, a US official said. “Sergeant Bergdahl has missed birthdays and holidays, and the simple moments with family and friends which all of us take for granted,” President Barack Obama said in the White House Rose Garden, flanked by the soldier’s parents Bob and Jani.

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