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  • 13 June 2014, 8:44

Freed Soldier Bowe Bergdahl Back In US

US soldier Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was freed after nearly five years as a Taliban captive, has arrived in Texas from Germany.

Sgt Bergdahlarrived early today at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio on a flight from Ramstein Air Base, a Pentagon spokesman said.

The 28-year-old is expected to be reunited with his family in his native Idaho.

Sgt Bergdahl was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009.

He was freed by the Taliban on May 31 after the Obama administration controversially agreed to release five Taliban leaders held at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The prisoner swap, combined with allegations that Sgt Bergdahl had deserted his post in Afghanistan prior to his capture, sparked a firestorm in Washington.

The outrage reportedly prompted threats that even forced officials in Sgt Bergdahl'shome town of Hailey to cancel a planned homecoming celebration.

The soldier has been undergoing treatment at a military hospital in Germany since his release.

The Pentagon said he will "continue the next phase of his reintegration process. There is no timeline for this process."

Earlier this week, US defence chief Chuck Hagel was forced to defend the prisoner swap during a congressional committee hearing on Capitol Hill.