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US to seek soldier's freedom via Taliban prisoner swap: Report

Published on Feb 18, 2014 2:16 PM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Washington will attempt to resume talks with the Taliban on exchanging a US soldier held captive by insurgents since 2009 for Guantanamo Bay prisoners, The Washington Post reported late Monday.

The move is an attempt to free Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl before the majority of US forces leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, the report said, citing current and former officials.

The swap would trade Bergdahl for five Taliban members who would be released from Guantanamo Bay into protective custody in Qatar, the Post reported.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told AFP that she could not discuss details of US efforts but that "there should be no doubt that we work every day - using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools - to try to see Sergeant Bergdahl returned home safely." According to the Post, the offer has not been formally made, adding that Bergdahl is thought to be held in Pakistan by the Haqqani network.

 
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