US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama administration officials said.


Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to US special forces by the Taliban on Saturday evening, local time, in an area of eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. In a statement, the Taliban said Bergdahl was handed over on the outskirts of Khost province.


Officials said the exchange was not violent and the 28-year-old Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk. (AP)