Taliban Releases U.S. Soldier After Nearly 5 Years

Taliban Releases U.S. Soldier After Nearly 5 Years
(Washington, DC) -- The only P.O.W. of the Afghan War is back in American hands. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was turned over to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan Saturday. He was handed over after U.S. diplomats agreed to transfer five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo to the custody of Qatar. Bergdahl was taken prisoner in June of 2009.

Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's parents are eager to see their son again. Bob and Jani Bergdahl got the good news of their son's release after five years in Taliban custody in a personal phone call from President Obama. The Idaho couple issued a statement thanking the family's supporters and the government agencies involved in his recovery.

President Obama says the release of an American soldier held captive in Afghanistan shows the nation's resolve to leave no one behind on the battlefield. A White House statement confirmed the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl nearly five years after he was captured by the Taliban. U.S. diplomats spent months negotiating terms of Bergdahl's release. President Obama called Bergdahl's parents to share the news he'll be coming home soon.