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Afghanistan / Bergdahl Release #1066190

NBC Evening News for Saturday, May 31, 2014
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(Studio: Lester Holt) The release of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan since 2009, reported. [President OBAMA - says Bergdahl was not forgotten.]

(Pentagon: Jim Miklaszewski) The mechanics of Bergdahl's release in Afghanistan after an intricate international prisoner swap and the reaction in Bergdahl's hometown reviewed; Bergdahl hostage video shown. Obama's written statement quoted. [NBC military analyst retired Gen. Barry McCAFFREY†- says those released will go back to combat.] [In Hailey, Idaho, WOMAN - comments.]

(Studio: Lester Holt) Report introduced.

(White House: Kristen Welker) The Bergdahl exchange and the government policy of not negotiating with terrorists examined; scenes shown of presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush stating positions; Representative Mike Rogers and the House Armed Services Committee quoted. [Unidentified MAN - comments on US negotiating policy.] [Second MAN - offers analysis.]

Holt, Lester;
Miklaszewski, Jim;
Welker, Kristen

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