Photos: What to know about Bowe Bergdahl

POSTED: 11:17 AM MDT Jun 06, 2014    UPDATED: 11:18 AM MDT Jun 06, 2014 

Bowe Bergdahl, the last American soldier held captive from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts, is on a long journey home after being freed in exchange for five Taliban detainees who had been held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Bergdahl disappeared from Combat Outpost Mest-Malak in Afghanistan's Paktika province near the Pakistan border in June 2009 and was later captured by the Taliban. President Barack Obama secured his release in a prisoner swap announced May 31, 2014. In the deal, Bergdahl was exchanged for five Guantanamo Bay detainees. He returned to the United States two weeks later.

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