Debate stirs over US-Taliban captive swap

FILE - This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. 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 (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo/U.S. Army) (6/2/14)

WOODBURY - The Army sergeant held captive by the Taliban for five years continues to recover this morning.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed Saturday, but there is controversy over the negotiations surrounding his release.

Bergdahl’s parents say his fight is far from over, and he is having trouble speaking English. A defense official says the reason for that is not clear.

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Bergdahl’s condition is also not clear, but he appeared in diminished health when he was last seen in a video obtained by the U.S. military in January.

In exchange for his return, the United States released five Taliban members from Guantanamo Bay.

The deal has raised questions with members of Congress, and some lawmakers say it is setting a dangerous precedent.

Meanwhile, Bergdahl’s father stresses that his son’s recovery and reintegration will be a long process.

Bergdahl will now begin treatment in Germany. During that time, defense officials say he will be able to reconnect with his family through phone calls and video conferences. He is expected to be taken to a military base in Texas to reunite with his family eventually.

 

 

 

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