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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Released From Captivity In Afghanistan

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Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was held captive for nearly five years, after leaving his base in June of 2009.

But on Saturday, the Hailey, Idaho, native was free.

President Obama responded to the news with a statement.

"On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal," said Obama.

A senior defense official says in exchange for Bergdahl's release, five detainees at Guantanamo Bay are being released to Qatar, where their movement and activities will be restricted.

The release comes as the United States winds down its military operation in Afghanistan.

But retired Army General Jack Keane cautions against reading too much into what this means for the future of the Middle Eastern country.

"It is what it is, and whether it would lead to something else in terms of reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban remains to be seen, and it would be a stress to consider that something like that is around the corner," said Keane.

Bergdahl's parents also released a statement, saying they can't wait to wrap their arms around their only son. They thank his many supporters in Idaho, around the nation, and around the world.

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