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June 3rd, 2014
11:58 PM ET

Official: Bergdahl left outpost deliberately

(CNN) - The Army will conduct "a comprehensive, coordinated" review into the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl - the recently freed soldier whom some have deemed a hero, others a deserter - the military branch's civilian leader announced Tuesday.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh began a statement on Bergdahl's case by saying that "we are grateful that an American soldier is back in American hands" and insisting "our first priority is ensuring Sgt. Bergdahl's health and beginning his reintegration process."

McHugh didn't address specific questions surrounding how the soldier ended up detained in Afghanistan or what he did while in that situation. But he did say that the military's review "will include speaking with Sgt. Bergdahl to better learn from him the circumstances regarding his disappearance and captivity."

"All other decisions will be made thereafter, and in accordance with appropriate regulations, policies and practices," McHugh said.

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June 2nd, 2014
10:10 PM ET

Pentagon: "Doesn't matter" how Bergdahl was captured

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is free. But at what cost?

The American soldier held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years was swapped for five Taliban leaders being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Bergdahl is currently at a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, and is in stable condition.

Does Bergdahl swap set precedent?

But was the prisoner swap worth the risk to American security?

OutFront, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Bowe Bergdahl • News
June 2nd, 2014
09:19 PM ET

Fellow soldier claims Bergdahl deserted Army: "It was pre-planned"

Many Americans are anxiously awaiting the homecoming of U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, released this weekend after spending fives years held prisoner by the Taliban.

Fellow soldiers call Bowe Bergdahl a deserter, not a hero

Bergdahl is now at a U.S. military hospital in Germany. But critics say the deal made to free Bergdahl - releasing five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for the U.S. soldier - could cost American lives in the future.

Not everyone thinks Bergdahl was worth that price, including some men who served with Bergdahl in Afghanistan.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Bowe Bergdahl • News • Taliban
June 2nd, 2014
09:05 PM ET

Hometown prepares for Sgt. Bergdahl's homecoming

From welcome home signs to yellow ribbons, residents of Hailey, Idaho are anxiously waiting to celebrate the return of 28-year-old Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl.

CNN's Ed Lavandera is in Hailey with the story of a father who simply refused to give up on seeing his son again.


Filed under: Afghanistan • Bowe Bergdahl • International • News • Taliban
May 27th, 2014
09:37 PM ET

Peter King: Obama making "big mistake" giving a timeline on Afghan pullout

President Obama announced the end of war in Afghanistan - America's longest - on Tuesday.

Still, that includes keeping 9,800 troops on the ground in 2015, and pulling all but 1,000 U.S. troops out of the country by 2016.

Obama to cut troops, says Afghanistan 'will not be a perfect place'

Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, and Kelly Ayotte are calling the President's decision "a monumental mistake and a triumph of politics over strategy."

OutFront, Republican Congressman Peter King.


Filed under: Afghanistan • International • News • Politics
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