Former POW Bergdahl back in US: Pentagon

WASHINGTON - The American soldier released in a controversial swap with Afghan insurgents arrived back in the United States on Friday, the Pentagon said.

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived on a flight from Germany to San Antonio, Texas where he will continue treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center after spending five years as a prisoner in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said on its web site. Bergdahl was handed over on May 31 in return for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay prison.

The US Army sergeant had been recuperating at the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, amid growing debate over the swap that secured his freedom, with some US lawmakers accusing President Barack Obama of capitulating to "terrorists." The Pentagon said that in Texas the soldier will "continue the next phase of his reintegration process. There is no timeline for this process."

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