Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been released after five years in Taliban captivity. (Source: INTELCENTER/CNN)
(CNN) - The Taliban in Afghanistan has released US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after almost five years in captivity, according to the White House.
Bergdahl deployed to Afghanistan in May of 2009.
He was taken prisoner by the Taliban in June of 2009 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.
President Barack Obama called Bergdahl's parents Saturday morning to relay the good news and welcomed them to the White House later in the day.
"We just can't communicate the words this morning when heard from the president," Bob Bergdahl said. "So we look forward to continuing the recovery of our son, which is going to be a considerable task for our family. And we hope that the media will understand that will keep us very preoccupied in the coming days and weeks as he gets back home to the United States."
His captors have released video of Bergdahl over the years.
He was the only American prisoner the Taliban held captive.
Retired Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks, former commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence, praised the way Bergdahl was brought back into U.S. hands.
"It's such a magnificent story from top to bottom. It speaks about the United States' focus on never leaving a fallen comrade behind," said retired Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks, former commanding general of U.S. Army Intelligence. "The persistence of this incredible soldier who hung with it for five years. The tremendous training and execution of the [special forces] soldiers to do this transaction in a peaceful, non-hostile way - that's like brain surgery on a bouncing ship. This is counterintuitive, and they do it magnificently. It's just a wonderful story across the board."
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