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U.S. Soldier Freed From Captivity in Afghanistan

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U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody.  
 
The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 
The negotiation between the U.S. and the Taliban was mediated by the government of Qatar.
 
The 28-year-old Berghdal had been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. The officials say he is in good condition and able to walk.
 
The officials insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details on Bergdahl's release. (AP)

Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement today the announcement that U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has been released by the Taliban in Afghanistan:

"Today is a great day for the United States of America. The safe return of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is an answer to the prayers of the Bergdahl family and a powerful reinforcement of our nation's commitment to leave no service member behind. I commend the diplomats, service members, and others who worked tirelessly to bring Sergeant Bergdahl home, and I commend President Obama for taking decisive action to achieve the agreement leading to his release when the opportunity arose. The President rightly recognized our solemn obligation to take every possible measure to protect and defend the men and women who serve our nation.”
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