Obama 'assured' over security after detainee release

President Obama thanked the Qatari and Afghan governments for cooperating with the US after US sergeant Bergdahl was released today after five years in captivity.

President Obama alongside the parents of US Sergeant Bergdahl. Credit: Reuters

Addressing reporters in the Rose Garden at the White House, Mr Obama said: "While Bowe was gone, he was never forgotten." He added that the US had an ironclad commitment to bring soldiers home and that he would never give up the search for soldiers.

Mr Obama also said that the Qatari and Afghan governments had assured him that despite the release of five Taliban fighters from Guantanamo Bay, they would protect US national security.

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Released Taliban captive Bergdahl arrives in the US

US army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, freed by the Taliban after five years in captivity, has arrived at a Texas military base, where he will begin the next phase of his "reintegration process".