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Republicans criticize prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Republicans criticize prisoner swap that freed Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

Senior Republicans criticized President Obama on Sunday for releasing five high-ranking Taliban prisoners to secure the return of an American prisoner of war, arguing that it breached longstanding U.S. policy against negotiating with terrorists. Administration officials strongly defended the swap, saying Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's health and safety appeared in danger after five years in captivity. They said they acted to save the life of the only American held by insurgents after the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Bergdahl's parents offered only praise and thanks for the release on Saturday of their 28-year-old son, with whom they had still not spoken. "There is no...

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