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Last US Prisoner of War Bowe Bergdahl freed in swap deal with Taliban

Jun 2, 2014 16:26 IST

Last US Prisoner of War in Afghanistan Bowe Bergdahl was freed on 1 June 2014 in swap deal with Taliban. He was freed in exchange of five detainees who was held at the U.S. military-detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was the only US soldier to be held captive in Afghanistan. He was captured in 2009.

Those who were released included Afghanistan’s deputy defense minister under Taliban rule and others who played roles in the regime that helped shield people involved in the 11 September 2001, terrorist attacks.

Swap decided on after secret talks between US and Taliban for 3 years. Government of Qatar has negotiated the deal.

Analysis

With the release of the Bowe Bergdahl debate began on whether the deal to free him was a dangerous concession to terrorists, or a necessary move that will aid the violence-wracked country’s long-term stability.

The swap deal raised concerns among Republican lawmakers that it would encourage the kidnapping of more Americans abroad.

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