U.S. Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Released by Taliban in Swap for Guantanamo Detainees

May 31, 2014 7:34 PM

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WASHINGTON--Taliban militants in Afghanistan on Saturday handed over Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held as a prisoner of war for almost five years, to U.S. Special Operations Forces in exchange for the release of five Afghan Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

The breakthrough was brokered by Qatar, which sent representatives to the U.S. military prison in Cuba to take custody of the five Afghan detainees. The five were being flown to the small Gulf state where they will be required to stay for at least a year to ensure they don't return to Afghanistan to...

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