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US Army charges ex-POW Bergdahl with desertion

US Army handout photo shows Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, before his capture by the Taliban in AfghanistanThe US soldier who was held by insurgents for five years after disappearing from his post in Afghanistan has been charged with desertion and “misbehavior before the enemy,” officers said. Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was released in May last year in a controversial swap for five Taliban detainees held at the US-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The only American in uniform to be held by insurgents in the Afghanistan war, Bergdahl was detained by Taliban-linked Haqqani militants after he went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border in June 2009. Under the military’s code of justice, Bergdahl faces one count of desertion “with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and one count of misbehavior that endangers a command, unit or place, Colonel Daniel King told reporters in a televised announcement at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

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