Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl headed home, Pentagon says

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by Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY

KREM.com

Posted on June 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Updated Thursday, Jun 12 at 12:21 PM

WASHINGTON — Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is expected to arrive in the United States sometime early Friday, a senior Pentagon official said Thursday.

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The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the news was not authorized to be released publicly.

Bergdahl has been treated at the military hospital at Landstuhl Germany, after he was released by his Taliban captors in Afghanistan after five years as a captive.

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The swap of five Taliban leaders for Bergdahl, who went missing from his post in Afghanistan in 2008, has prompted outrage on Capitol Hill. Members of both parties have criticized the Obama administration for failing to notify of them the trade, and Republicans have blasted the White House for giving up too much.

On Wednesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel defended the prisoner swap before Congress. He said it was necessary because Bergdahl's health was declining and the military principle of bringing all troops home.

MORE: In Hill testimony, Hagel defends Bergdahl trade

All aspects of Bergdahl's health have improved at Landstuhl, the official said.

His treatment will continue at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Tex.

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