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POW freed Afghanistan: Sole U.S. soldier exchanged for 5 detainees, 28 y/o well

A POW freed from Afghanistan this week is rightfully topping headlines, as sole U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl was recently exchanged for a total of five detainees at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. Bergdahl was the only American soldier that was being kept as a prisoner in distant Afghanistan, and the serviceman has finally found freedom from the captivity of the Taliban via the noteworthy trade. News Max shares this Saturday, May 31, 2014, that officials under the Obama administration have confirmed that the 28-year-old appeared relatively well and able to walk.

Guantanamo Bay Naval Camp, POW freed in exchange
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Following a still undisclosed number of negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban, the POW (prisoner of war) trapped in captivity in Afghanistan was finally freed this last week of May, to much rejoicing of both his immediate family and the country at large. As part of the formal exchange, Bowe Bergdahl was returned to U.S. soil on the grounds that five detainees would be released from Guantanamo Bay.

According to the press release, Sergeant Bergdahl was given directly to a special team of U.S. forces this Saturday evening near the Pakistani border. Fortunately, reports state that the exchange itself for the sole American soldier did not incur any violence, and the five Afghan detainees were also successfully traded over. While the newly freed 28-year-old POW was shaky, he was said upon arrival to be in good condition and capable of walking without assistance.

On a related note, the New York Times reveals that President Obama himself made a special statement regarding the return of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, noting in his speech at the Rose Garden this weekend that although the man may have been taken by enemy forces for a time, “he was never forgotten.” It was an extremely emotional event for the Bergdahl parents, Bob and Jani, who were at long last reunited with their son at the White House upon his belated return.

Because POW Bowe had been in captivity in Afghanistan for almost five full years and only just freed, Bob Bergdahl noted that he wasn’t sure if his son would still be able to speak English properly, and tried greeting him using what limited knowledge he had of the Pashtun tongue.

"I'm your father, Bowe," he said to his son thickly, overcome by emotion. "To each and every single one, throughout the whole of American government and international governments around the world, thank you so much … We just can't communicate the words this morning when we heard from the president."

Bergdahl's mother added in her own statement that "we will continue to stay strong for Bowe while he recovers."

President Obama also took time this weekend to inform the U.S. nation that military efforts regarding time in Afghanistan will be coming to an end, and the process of closing Guantanamo Bay down has also begun. Furthermore, the President added that our great country is still "deeply committed to securing the release of Americans being unjustly held …” around the world … “and that we do not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind."

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