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US soldier freed in Guantanamo prisoner swap

English.news.cn   2014-06-01 10:54:01

BEIJING, June 1 (Xinhuanet) -- The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to US special forces in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. He is believed to have been held since June 30th, 2009. US officials say the exchange was not violent and Bergdahl is in good condition and able to walk.

He will be transferred to Bagram Air Field, the main US base in Afghanistan, for medical evaluations. He will then be moved to the United States.

The handover followed indirect negotiations between the United States and the Taliban. The government of Qatar served as mediator and is taking custody of the five Afghan detainees.

(Source: CNTV.cn)

Editor: Lu Hui
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