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Freed US soldier Bergdahl describes harsh treatment, solitary confinement

Published on Jun 9, 2014 7:41 AM
US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (right) talks to a Taliban militant as he waits in a pick-up truck before his release at the Afghan border, in this still image from video released on June 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl suffered harsh treatment at the hands of his Taleban captors, including long periods of solitary confinement, according to US military officials who also said the soldier was struggling emotionally and had not yet called his parents.

Bergdahl, released in Afghanistan on May 31 in exchange for five Taleban detainees from the Guantanamo Bay prison, is being treated at the US Army hospital in Landstuhl, Germany.

A national controversy has erupted over whether President Barack Obama paid too high a price for Bergdahl's freedom.

But US Secretary of State John Kerry fiercely defended the exchange.

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