Breaking: Bowe Bergdahl, lone American POW in Afghanistan, freed after five years

U.S. officials said Bergdahl’s release came as part of a negotiation that included the release of five Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Obama said the negotiation between the U.S. and Taliban was aided by the governments of Qatar and Afghanistan…

Obama said in a statement that he was “honored” to call Bergdahl’s parents to tell them the news. He said Bergdahl’s release served as a solemn reminder of the American troops from other wars who remain missing or unaccounted for.

“Today the American people are pleased that we will be able to welcome home Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, held captive for nearly five years. On behalf of the American people, I was honored to call his parents to express our joy that they can expect his safe return, mindful of their courage and sacrifice throughout this ordeal,” Obama said.