American soldier Bowe Bergdahl held by Taliban is freed

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American soldier Bowe Bergdahl held by Taliban is freed

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American soldier Bowe Bergdahl has been released by the Taliban after being held captive by them for five years in Afghanistan.

He was returned in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at Guantanamo Bay.

The 28-year-old was captured in June 2009 in eastern Afghanistan under unknown circumstances. He had only been in the country two months.

On Saturday evening, local time, he was handed over to US special forces by the Taliban near the border with Pakistan. He is understood to be in good condition.

Bergdahl’s parents who live in Idaho said they were ecstatic after being told by President Barack Obama that their son had finally been freed.

His release follows years of on-off negotiations between the US and the Taliban, with the government of Qatar serving as a go-between.

The five Afghan detainees will be delivered to Qatar where the Qatari government said it would make sure  US national security was not be endangered by taking them.