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Chuck Hagel: Bowe Bergdahl deal was ‘last, best opportunity’ to ensure his freedom

Taliban swap for US soldier was ‘tough call’: Hagel (via AFP) Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel staunchly defended Wednesday the swap of five Taliban detainees for a US soldier as a “tough” but necessary move to secure Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl’s release. Facing a barrage of criticism from lawmakers, Hagel said the…

Freed soldier Bowe Bergdahl may face discipline for leaving his post: general

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, recently released after five years as a captive of the Taliban, may still be disciplined if the army finds evidence of misconduct, the US military’s top officer said Tuesday General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was speaking after claims from members of…

Republicans demand congressional hearings over prisoner swap for Bowe Bergdahl

By Patricia Zengerle and David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers angered by a White House deal to swap five Taliban prisoners for a captured U.S. soldier in Afghanistan on Monday demanded hearings over why the Obama administration reached the agreement without consulting Congress. Adding to criticism of the decision…

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl freed: Taliban releases U.S. soldier held captive for five years

By Warren Strobel WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held for nearly five years by the Taliban after being captured in Afghanistan, has been released and is now in U.S. custody after years of on and off negotiations, U.S. officials said on Saturday As part of Bergdahl’s release,…

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