US soldier held by Afghan militants to face court-martial

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, pictured in a photo obtained on June 1, 2014, will face a court-martial, his attorney saysSergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the US soldier held by Taliban-linked insurgents in Afghanistan for five years before being freed in a swap for Guantanamo Bay detainees, will face a court-martial for desertion, the Army said Monday. Bergdahl’s case has generated massive controversy in the United States after it emerged he walked out of his unit willingly, prompting a massive manhunt, and because of the circumstances of his release in return for five militants. Some of his former colleagues have blamed Bergdahl — who could face up to life in prison if convicted — for the deaths of several soldiers on missions looking for him.

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