2-star general to probe Bergdahl's capture
WASHINGTON — The military has appointed a two-star general to investigate the circumstances under which Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier recently freed after five years in Taliban captivity, disappeared in eastern Afghanistan in 2009, an official said on Sunday.
A Defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the general had been appointed to conduct the army investigation of Sgt. Bergdahl's June 2009 disappearance and capture but said the probe had not yet begun.
The official declined to name the general.
Bergdahl, who was released on May 31 in a prisoner exchange with the Taliban, arrived at a military hospital in Texas on Friday.
While the release of Bergdahl, who had been the only U.S. prisoner of war, was widely hailed initially, it has attracted widespread criticism, in part from lawmakers who say the five senior Taliban figures freed from the Guantanamo Bay prison in exchange for Bergdahl could return to the fight.
Lawmakers have complained that the Obama administration failed to give Congress required 30-day notice before releasing the Taliban to Qatar.
Some of Bergdahl's former peers in Afghanistan have alleged the soldier, 28, walked away from his post voluntarily. But the Pentagon has said the circumstances of his disappearance and capture were unclear.
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