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Obama announces release of US soldier held in Afghanistan

This still image provided on December 7, 2010 by IntelCenter shows the Taliban associated video production group Manba al-Jihad release of someone that appears to be US soldier Bowe Bergdahl (L)US President Barack Obama said Saturday that an American soldier held for half a decade in Afghanistan has been freed. “Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years,” said Obama, announcing his release. In his statement, Obama expressed his “deepest appreciation” to the Emir of Qatar “for his assistance in helping to secure our soldier’s return.” He added: “Sergeant Bergdahl’s recovery is a reminder of America’s unwavering commitment to leave no man or woman in uniform behind on the battlefield,” Obama added.

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