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UPDATE: Congress 'aware' trade possible for soldier

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
President Barack Obama

Credit: U.S. Army

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's national security adviser says Congress was well aware that the administration was considering trading Guantanamo Bay detainees for the only American prisoner of the Afghan War.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Sunday there were extensive consultations with lawmakers in Congress in the past and that they knew the idea of trading detainees was on the table.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was freed Saturday after Obama agreed to release five high-level Afghan detainees from the U.S. prison in Cuba. He is believed to have been held by the Haqqani network since June 30, 2009.

Republican lawmakers have said that Obama violated U.S. law when he approved the exchange without notifying Congress 30 days in advance.

Rice made her comments on ABC's "This Week."


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U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody.

The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The negotiation between the U.S. and the Taliban was mediated by the government of Qatar.

The 28-year-old Berghdal had been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. The officials say he is in good condition and able to walk.

The officials insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details on Bergdahl's release.


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