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Obama welcomes release of captured US soldier

Sunday - 6/1/2014, 3:54pm  ET

President Barack Obama holds hands with Jani Bergdahl, as her husband Bob Bergdahl, follows from the Oval Office to the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Saturday, May 31, 2014, to talk about the announcement that their son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, has been released from captivity. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is welcoming the release of the lone U.S. soldier held in Afghanistan, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

During an appearance Saturday in the Rose Garden, Obama says that while Bergdahl was gone, "he was never forgotten." The president was joined at the White House by the soldier's parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl.

Bergdahl was turned over by the Taliban earlier Saturday in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees who were held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Obama says the U.S., quote, "does not ever leave our men and women in uniform behind."

Bergdahl's father thanked all those who took part in his son's recovery, saying it was difficult to put his feelings into words.


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