A sign celebrating the release of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl
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Obama defends prisoner exchange

Barack Obama has been defending his decision to free five senior Taliban militants in exchange for a US soldier who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan.

Barack Obama has been defending his decision to free five senior Taliban militants in exchange for a US soldier who was held captive for five years in Afghanistan.

Some Republicans have accused the president of setting a dangerous precedent with the prisoner swap for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl amid claims that he was a deserter.

Aleem Maqbool reports from Washington.