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. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee
. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel listens during a hearing before the House Armed Services Committee (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Hagel Defends Secrecy Around Bergdahl Rescue

 

WASHINGTON (AP) —Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday that last month's prisoner swap with the Taliban may have been the "last, best" chance to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the only U.S. soldier held captive in Afghanistan. He said mediators indicated time was slipping away to get Bergdahl out safely.

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U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division on patrol in Afghanistan
U.S. Army's 2nd Battalion 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division on patrol in Afghanistan (Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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5 U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Five American troops were killed in an apparent coalition airstrike in southern Afghanistan, officials said Tuesday, in one of the worst friendly fire incidents involving United States and coalition troops since the start of the nearly 14 year war.

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This image made from video released Wednesday, April 7, 2010 by the the Site Intelligence Group from the Taliban shows U.S. soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. In the video, Bergdahl, captured in Afghanistan in June 2009, says he wants to return to his family in Idaho and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison.
This image made from video released Wednesday, April 7, 2010 by the the Site Intelligence Group from the Taliban shows U.S. soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl. In the video, Bergdahl, captured in Afghanistan in June 2009, says he wants to return to his family in Idaho and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison.(AP Photo/Site Intelligence Group)
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Bergdahl Says He Was Tortured by Taliban Captors

 

PARIS (AP) — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has told people treating him at a U.S. military medical facility in Germany that he was tortured, beaten and held in a cage by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after he tried to escape, a senior U.S. official said Sunday.

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U.S. President Barack Obama, center and French President Francois Hollande stand, during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, at Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
U.S. President Barack Obama, center and French President Francois Hollande stand, during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, at Normandy American Cemetery at Omaha Beach (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Obama Honors WWII, 9/11 Generations at Normandy

 

COLLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France (AP) — Seventy years after Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, President Barack Obama returned Friday to this hallowed battleground in what he called a "powerful manifestation of America's commitment to human freedom" that lives on in a new generation.

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U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
U.S. Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (U.S. Army via Getty Images)
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Officials: Concern for Bergdahl Led to Secrecy

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fears the Taliban might kill Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl if word leaked that he was being exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees drove the Obama administration not to notify Congress in advance about the deal, according to congressional and administration officials.

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The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
The Taliban on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
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Bergdahl’s Hometown Cancels Celebration Amid Furor

HAILEY, Idaho (AP) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's hometown abruptly canceled plans Wednesday for a welcome-home celebration, citing security concerns over the prospect of big crowds - both for and against the soldier.

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Bowe Bergdahl
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, sits in a vehicle guarded by the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Voice Of Jihad Website via AP video)
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AP Analysis: Bergdahl Release Talks Had Wider Goal

The announcement that the U.S. government had secured the release of missing U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl and that it was freeing five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay has been portrayed first and foremost as a prisoner exchange. But the four-year history of secret dialogue that led to Saturday's release suggests that the main goal of each side may have been far more sweeping.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel smiles as she arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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Germany Probes Alleged NSA Merkel Phone Tap

BERLIN (AP) -- German prosecutors have opened an investigation into the alleged monitoring of Chancellor Angela Merkel's cellphone by the U.S. National Security Agency, officials said Wednesday, in a move that could again complicate diplomatic relations between the two allies.

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German solidier Tim Grunewald plays with one year old Carl at the army child-care of the Theodor-Kaerner-Kaserne, barracks, in Lueneburg.( AP Photo/dpa/Philipp Schulze)
German solidier Tim Grunewald plays with one year old Carl at the army child-care of the Theodor-Kaerner-Kaserne, barracks, in Lueneburg.( AP Photo/dpa/Philipp Schulze)
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Germany Seeks to Make Military Service Attractive

Germany's defense minister plans to equip the country's newly all-volunteer military with better childcare, more attractive barracks and Internet access - giving it a face-lift as it competes with business for new recruits in a humming economy.

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