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McCain: U.S. soldier swap puts military at risk

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 00:38

Arizona Senator John McCain worries prisoner swap sends wrong message to the most hardcore terror suspects. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona is speaking out against the deal that freed Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban militants. Bergdahl, held for nearly five years in Afghanistan, was freed in a deal with the Taliban brokered by the Qatari government. Five Taliban militants, described by McCain as the "hardest of the hardcore," were released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and flown to Qatar. While Bergdahl's released on Saturday was celebrated by his family and his hometown, and could be seen as a coup for President Barack Obama as he winds down America's longest war, McCain and others questioned whether the administration had acted properly in releasing the militants and whether the decision puts current service men and women at risk. Bergdahl has been flown to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany for medical treatment. After receiving care he is expected to be transferred to another facility in San Antonio, Texas, U.S. defense officials said, without giving a date for his return to the United States.

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McCain: U.S. soldier swap puts military at risk

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 - 00:38