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House Speaker John Boehner Ohio listens as GOP leaders speak to reporters following a Republican strategy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 29, 2014.  (AP Photo)

Congress kept in dark on Bergdahl swap since 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — Top members of Congress were briefed more than two years ago about the possibility of exchanging an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for five terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, […]

06/03/2014

FILE - This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him, according to a former senior defense official who was involved in the matter. Instead, the U.S. government pursued negotiations to get him back over the following five years of his captivity — a track that led to his release over the weekend. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)

Bergdahl’s unit comrades recount his disappearance

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three former members of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s platoon spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday about Bergdahl’s disappearance, his freedom and how he should be treated now that he’s out. The interviews […]

06/03/2014

Diane Walker takes a picture of a sign celebrating U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release in front of Zaney's coffee shop in Hailey, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

Friends describe freed US soldier as multi-faceted

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl always seemed to be searching for something to define his life. Growing up in the mountain town of Hailey, Idaho, Bergdahl was as likely to be found inside, […]

06/03/2014

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

US concluded in 2010 that Bergdahl walked away

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to […]

06/02/2014

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Explaining the debate over US-Taliban captive swap

Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry is criticizing the U.S. for swapping Taliban prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to secure the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was taken captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan five years ago. […]

06/02/2014

Diane Walker takes a picture of a sign celebrating U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release in front of Zaney's coffee shop in Hailey, Idaho. (AP Photo/The Idaho Statesman, Kyle Green)

Debate stirs over US-Taliban captive swap

WASHINGTON (AP) – Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl can expect a buoyant homecoming after five years in Taliban hands, but those in the government who worked for his release face mounting questions over the prisoner swap […]

06/02/2014

Jani and Bob Bergdahl speak to the media during a press conference at Gowen Field in Boise, Idaho, on Sunday, June 1, 2014. Their son Bowe was freed from captivity Saturday, May 31, 2014, by the Taliban. Also on the stage are Idaho National Guard Public Affairs Officer Col. Tim Marsano, Idaho Army National Guard Maj. Kevin Hickey, and Army Psychologist Dr. (Col) Bradley Kamrowskipoppen. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)

US defends captive swap with Taliban, critics stir

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five years a captive from the Afghanistan war, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is back in American hands, freed for five Guantanamo terrorism detainees in a swap stirring sharp debate in Washington over whether […]

06/01/2014

President Barack Obama speaks with Jani Bergdahl, left, and Bob Bergdahl, right, the parents of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, after the announcement that Bowe Bergdahl has been released from captivity. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

US soldier freed from captivity in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Obama […]

05/31/2014

This undated file photo issued Tuesday Sept. 10, 2013, by the British National Portrait Gallery, shows a painting by artist Jonathan Yeo depicting the teenager education activist Malala Yousafzai, doing her homework. (AP Photo / Jonathan Yeo, British National Portrait Gallery, File)

$103K for portrait of girl who was shot by Taliban

NEW YORK (AP) — A British artist’s portrait of a young Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education brought in more than $100,000 at auction Wednesday. Christie’s said the […]

05/14/2014

Afghans walk by the Serena hotel in downtown Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 21, 2014.  (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Taliban kill 9 in Afghan hotel, shoot kids in head

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The luxury hotel was considered one of the safest spots in the Afghan capital Kabul. Yet, four gunmen walked in, made their way to the restaurant, pulled out hidden pistols and […]

03/21/2014

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