Bergdahl's release generates controversy, questions

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by ABC News

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Posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:36 PM

(ABC News) - The deal negotiated between Qatar and the Taliban that led to the release of American POW, Sgt. Bowe Berghdahl after five years, is generating lots of controversy.

That's not only because Bergdahl reportedly left his post without his weapon during the Afghanistan War, but also because of the high-level Taliban leaders who were freed from Guantanamo Bay to secure hisrelease. 

U.S. officials say that Bergdahl's health and safety appeared in jeopardy, prompting rapid action to secure his release.

But Congressional Republicans say U.S. law required they be notified prior to the prisoner swap, and that this deal will only encourage the taking of future U.S. military personnel on the battlefield by other terror organizations.

Berghdahl is currently being debriefed in Germany and it's unclear when he will reunite with his relieved parents, who have steadfastly pressed for his release.

ABC News' Marci Gonzalez has more in the video player above.

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