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A US soldier who has been held by the Taliban in Afghanistan for nearly five years has been freed in deal that includes the release of five Afghan detainees, US officials say.
Officials said the Taliban had handed him over on Saturday evening, local time, in eastern Afghanistan. Several dozen US special forces were involved in the exchange, they said, which took place near the Pakistani border.
A senior official told the BBC that, once aboard the US helicopter, Sgt Bergdahl wrote the letters SF - meaning special operations forces - followed by a question mark on a paper plate and showed them to the pilots, who replied: "Yes, we've been looking for you for a long time."