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US troops in Afghanistan relieved over Bergdahl release

US soldiers serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on patrol outside Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, on February 28, 2009Bagram Airfield (Afghanistan) (AFP) – US troops in Afghanistan expressed relief on Sunday over the release of their fellow soldier, Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, even as they voiced misgivings that his freedom came in a swap for Taliban militants. To ensure troops stayed on the lookout for Bergdahl, commanders had installed a screen saver on every American soldier’s computer in Afghanistan that carried a photo of the captured sergeant as a reminder. But Bergdahl, held by insurgents for nearly five years, was never spotted by American forces or rescued in a raid. Instead, his freedom was brokered by Qatar in a swap that required the United States to transfer five Taliban detainees out of the Guantanamo prison.

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