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  • ** FILE ** This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was a deserter, fellow soldiers say

    In the wake of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's being transferred to U.S. custody after nearly five years of being held captive in Afghanistan, questions are being raised about the circumstances under which he left the battlefield in 2009 — with some of his fellow soldiers labeling him a deserter.


  • A solider stands guard near a military aircraft in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel traveled to Kandahar Air Base to speak with U.S. troops and thank them for being deployed for the holidays. (AP Photo/Mark Wilson, Pool)

    Air Force wants funding for Afghan drone, jet program

    The Pentagon is seeking permanent funding for a fleet of communications drone and modified business jets to aid U.S. troops operating in the mountains of Afghanistan in the coming years.


  • Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-Seneca, speaks Friday, May 30, 2014, during a town hall-style debate of candidates for U.S. Senate. Graham, and challengers Bill Connor,  Det Bowers, Lee Bright, Jay Stamper, Richard Cash and Nancy Mace participated in the debate at the historic Booker T. Washington auditorium on The USC campus in Columbia.(AP Photo/The State, Tracy Glantz)

    Graham wants a Senate hearing on Gitmo detainee transfer

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, has asked the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee to hold a hearing on the transfer of five former Guantanamo Bay prisoners to Qatar in exchange for the freedom of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.


  • Photo illustration Bowe Bergdahl, Hamid Karzai, Barack Obama.
President Barack Obama speaks about the future of US troops in Afghanistan, Tuesday, May 27, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. The president will seek to keep 9,800 US troops in Afghanistan after the war formally ends later this year and then will withdraw most of those forces by the end of 2016. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

    White House's release of Taliban follows its criticism of Afghan prisoner release

    The White House has released Taliban leaders just four months after condemning Afghan President Hamid Karzai's release of 65 Taliban fighters.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center, is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel: Captive's life was in danger

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday the military operation to free Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainees was not relayed to Congress because officials believed the soldier's life was in danger.


  • Al-Qaida decentralized, but not necessarily weaker

    Al-Qaida has decentralized, yet it's unclear whether the terrorist network is weaker and less likely to launch a Sept. 11-style attack against the United States, as President Barack Obama says, or remains potent despite the deaths of several leaders.


  • Jani Bergdahl, mother of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, listens as President Barack Obama speaks about the release of her son, during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on Saturday, May 31, 2014. Bergdahl, 28, had been held prisoner by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. He was handed over to U.S. special forces by the Taliban in exchange for the release of five Afghan detainees held by the United States. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Questions loom over Bergdahl-Taliban swap

    The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his release, recently seeking to fracture the Taliban network by making its leaders fear a faster deal with underlings could prevent the freedom they sought for five of their top officials, American officials told The Associated Press.


  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is seen aboard a U.S. Military Aircraft before speaking to members of the media during his flight, Sunday, June 1, 2014. Hagel spoke about the released of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl who was held hostage in Afghanistan, and who was handed over Saturday morning by members of the Taliban in exchange for five Afghan detainees held at the military prison in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

    Hagel to discuss progress of Afghanistan forces

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was meeting Sunday with American military commanders in Afghanistan to discuss progress Afghan forces are making as the U.S. looks to pull all but about 10,000 troops out of the country by the end of the year.


  • FILE - This April 2, 2014 file photo shows Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Education Department on Thursday took the unprecedented step of releasing the names of the 55 colleges and universities currently facing a Title IX investigation over their handling of sexual abuse complaints. The release came two days after a White House task force promised greater government transparency on sexual assault in higher education. Going forward, the department said, it will keep an updated list of schools facing such an investigation and make it available upon request. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., have said non-compliance under the law is "far too common." They say a lack of federal resources is partly to blame for that, and they've sought more money to ensure timely and proper investigations.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    McCaskill defends White House in release of POW

    Sen. Claire McCaskill defended the White House's decision to indirectly negotiate with the Taliban in securing the release of the only prisoner of war in Afghanistan, saying Republicans would be "going crazy" if Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl had been killed.


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