White House defends swap that led to Bergdahl release

Barack Obama, Jani Bergdah, Bob Bergdahl

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is being treated and evaluated at a U.S. military hospital in Germany today, amid continued questions back home about the swap that resulted in his freedom following five years in the hands of the Taliban.

In exchange, five detainees were freed from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

The White House today is describing the exchange as “absolutely the right thing to do.” But critics are wondering whether the freed prisoners will find their way back to the fight — and whether other Americans are now at risk of being captured and held.

Afghan officials are among those raising concerns about the prisoner exchange. Afghanistan’s Foreign Ministry says the swap was “against the norms of international law” if it came against the wishes of the five Taliban detainees who were held at Guantanamo. They were flown to Qatar (GUH’-tuhr), where they are supposed to be prevented from leaving for at least a year.

Meanwhile, the hospital where he’s being treated says Bergdahl is in “stable condition” and that his treatment includes “attention to dietary and nutrition needs.” It says there’s no timetable set for his treatment and release.

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