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Afghan Taliban have released a US soldier in exchange for five of their detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

The US soldier was held for nearly five years in Afghanistan.US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed to US forces in good health.

The five Afghan detainees were released from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and were handed over to Qatar, which mediated the deal.

Sgt Bergdahl was the only US soldier being held by the Taliban in Afghanistan

In a statement, President Obama thanked Qatar for its role in the release of the US soldier.

Meanwhile, President Barack Obama has said that the United States has an "ironclad commitment" to bring home its prisoners of war.

Obama was taking to the parents of US soldier released by Taliban after being held for five years in Afghanistan. 

Obama said we are committed to winding down the war in Afghanistan and we are committed to closing Gitmo the prison for foreign terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


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