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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".

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US hopes prisoner exchange will lead to reconciliation

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he hopes a prisoner-exchange deal with the Taliban that led to the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl after five years might lead to breakthroughs in reconciliation with the Afghan militants.

Bergdahl, the last US prisoner of the Afghan war, was handed over to US special forces yesterday in an exchange swap for five Taliban detainees who were released from Guantanamo Bay prison and flown to Qatar.

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addresses the media on a military aircraft. Credit: REUTERS/Pablo Martinez

Hagel said: "This was a prisoner of war exchange ... our focus was on the return of Sergeant Bergdahl and maybe this could provide some possible new bridge for new negotiations."

"The timing was right, the pieces came together," he added.

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