American Soldier Released After Being Held In Afghanistan

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(CNN) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held captive for nearly five years by militants during the Afghanistan war, has been released, the White House said Saturday.

“Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years,” the White House said in a statement.

In a statememt, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he had informed Congress of the decision to transfer five detainees from Guantánamo Bay to Qatar.

“A few hours ago, the family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was informed by President Obama that their long wait for his return will soon be over,” Hagel said.

“Sgt. Bergdahl is now under the care of the U.S. military after being handed over by his captors in Afghanistan. We will give him all the support he needs to help him recover from this ordeal, and we are grateful that he will soon be reunited with his family.”

Hagel said the United States “coordinated closely with Qatar to ensure that security measures are in place and the national security of the United States will not be compromised.”

The White House said, “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.”

Bergdahl was deployed to Afghanistan in May 2009 and captured by the Taliban on June 30, 2009, in Paktika province.

In July of that year, a U.S. military official said the soldier was being held by the clan of warlord Siraj Haqqani.


  • Say What

    I expect that the right-wingers will now give a little credit to our President. Haha, who am I kidding???

  • American

    I am a right winger and so proud that our Soldier is returning home to his Family as for Chuck Hagel I have a question ? Which 5 of Obamas reletives did you send to Qatar ? Why isnt their names posted Hmmm

    • Say What

      The names and photos were all over the mainstream press. I do not know if they were shown on Faux News.

  • Skillpot

    It is good that he is released (traded) for 5 Taliban, BUT, look at all those who have died in vain, because of political blunders, and look at how many more are going to be killed by the 5, because of another political blunder!

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