U.S. soldier freed after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

U.S. soldier freed after 5 years of captivity in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - The only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan was freed today in exchange for the release of five Afghans detained at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

After five years, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed from the Taliban and transferred to U.S. Special Forces in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday.

The 28 year old from Hailey, Idaho had been held as prisoner of war since June 30, 2009.

When he was released, Bergdahl appeared to be in good condition and was able to walk.

Bergdahl's release followed years of negotiations between the U.S. and the Taliban, with the government of Qatar recently serving as a middleman.