US prisoner of war freed in swap deal with Taliban

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WASHINGTON: The long-held belief that the US does not negotiate with terrorists, mostly romanticized in movies, was quietly set aside when the Obama administration released five Taliban terrorists on Saturday in exchange for an American prisoner of war captured by their associates in Afghanistan nearly five years ago. Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, 28, was handed over to American Special Operations troops inside Afghanistan close to the Pakistan border at about 10.30am on Saturday in a tense but uneventful exchange with 18…

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