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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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Chuck Hagel warns against Bergdahl 'judgements'

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel said it was unfair to jump to conclusions about released captive Sgt Bowe Bergdahl until the circumstances around his capture by the Taliban had been reviewed.

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel speaking at a Nato conference in Brussels today. Credit: Reuters

Mr Hagel said:" "We don't do that in the United States. We rely on facts.

"It's not my place as a former sergeant in the Army to decide who's worthy of being a sergeant and who isn't."

Sgt Bergdahl had been held in Afghanistan for five years but was released on Saturday amid speculation that he might face desertion charges.

Read more: Freed US soldier 'may face desertion charges'

Mr Hagel said the army would review all the circumstances surrounding how he left his unit and was captured by the Taliban.

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