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U.S. solider freed from captivity in Afghanistan

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 WASHINGTON (AP) -- The father of the lone U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, says the nature of his son's recovery will never really be comprehended.
  
Bob Bergdahl stood with his wife, Jani, and President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden on Saturday and thanked everyone in the U.S. and around the world involved in his son's release after five years' captivity.
  
Said Bergdahl, quote, "We just can't communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president."
  
Jani Bergdahl said she and her husband will, quote, "continue to stay strong for Bowe while he recovers."
  
The Taliban released Bowe Bergdahl to the U.S. in exchange for five detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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WASHINGTON (AP) -- 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.

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