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U.S. Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released.

A U.S. soldier taken hostage by the Taliban in 2009 was released in exchange for five Afghan detainees at Guantanamo Bay, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been held in captivity since June 30, 2009. According to the AP, the 28-year-old's release was mediated by Qatar, and he is in good condition.

The AP added that Bergdahl was the only American soldier imprisoned in Afghanistan. According to an April 2014 AP report, about two dozen officials at the State and Defense departments, the military's U.S. Central Command, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Special Operations Command, the CIA and FBI had been working on the case.

The White House sent out a statement Saturday afternoon on Bergdahl's release:

Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal. Today we also remember the many troops held captive and whom remain missing or unaccounted for in America’s past wars. Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield. And as we find relief in Bowe’s recovery, our thoughts and prayers are with those other Americans whose release we continue to pursue.

For his assistance in helping to secure our soldier's return, I extend my deepest appreciation to the Amir of Qatar. The Amir’s personal commitment to this effort is a testament to the partnership between our two countries. The United States is also grateful for the support of the Government of Afghanistan throughout our efforts to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release.

This week the United States renewed its commitment to the Afghan people and made clear that we will continue to support them as their chart their own future. The United States also remains committed to supporting an Afghan-led reconciliation process as the surest way to achieve a stable, secure, sovereign, and unified Afghanistan. While we are mindful of the challenges, it is our hope Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery could potentially open the door for broader discussions among Afghans about the future of their country by building confidence that it is possible for all sides to find common ground.

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Re: U.S. Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released.

Great news! . I am happy for him and his familly.

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I'm glad he's been released, but I still have my doubts about his whole story.

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Re: U.S. Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released.

So, back pay and retirement or Leavenworth? I've heard things, I dunno.

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Re: U.S. Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released.

Some time in the next 10 years he's going to be up on a balcony shooting at people as they walk past... See if i'm wrong...

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He's lucky to still have his head.

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I'm glad he's been released, but I still have my doubts about his whole story.
What do you mean?

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What do you mean?
Evidently there are quite a few servicemembers in the know who claim that this guy is in fact a deserter/traitor/collaborator, as opposed to a prisoner.

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Evidently there are quite a few servicemembers in the know who claim that this guy is in fact a deserter/traitor/collaborator, as opposed to a prisoner.
Oh...awkward...

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Re: U.S. Soldier Taken Hostage By Taliban Released.

You don't fall behind on patrol, you don't go to local bars with your Afghan buds or whatever else he said during WAR. Going on patrol is kinda like the buddy system and where's the bar you go to with the guys who want to kill you? When you give sensitive information to the enemy, you are a what?

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