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Top US diplomat Kerry defends soldier swap with Taliban

US Secretary of State John Kerry takes part in a ceremony on June 7, 2014 in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, western FranceSecretary of State John Kerry defended Sunday the swap of five Guantanamo detainees for American Bowe Bergdahl, amid reports the captive US soldier was kept at times in a metal cage and in total darkness. Kerry doubled down on President Barack Obama’s controversial decision to make the trade in exchange for the release of Bergdahl, who the top US diplomat said was at risk of being tortured by his captors. Bergdahl was released to US troops in Afghanistan last Saturday in exchange for the five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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