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U.S. soldier flies to freedom after Afghan prisoner swap

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The sole American prisoner of war held in Afghanistan was flown to a U.S. military hospital in Germany on Sunday after being freed in a swap deal for five Taliban militants who were released from the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl had been held for nearly five years and his release, following years of negotiations, suddenly became possible after harder-line factions of the Afghan Taliban shifted course and agreed to back it, U.S. officials said.

U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said he hoped the exchange might lead to breakthroughs in reconciliation with the militants…
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