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Army Begins Probe Of Bergdahl's 2009 Disappearance

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Army says it has begun an investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.
    
In a written statement, the Army said Monday it appointed a two-star general to head the investigation. It said he will not interview Bergdahl until those who are currently helping Bergdahl recover from his five years of captivity say it is all right to do so. As a result, no timeline has been set for completing the investigation.
    
Bergdahl was released to U.S. military control by the Taliban on May 31 and spent nearly two weeks recuperating at a U.S. military hospital in Germany before being moved to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, last week.

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Despite Bergdahl Swap, Peace Talks Still In Limbo

WASHINGTON (AP) - Even with the release of five Taliban detainees in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (boh BURG'-dahl), there are few indications the militant group will head into peace talks with the Afghan government anytime soon.
   
The peace process is virtually on hold until Afghan President Hamid Karzai (HAH'-mihd KAHR'-zeye) has a clear successor.
   
Election results from Saturday won't be known until July. It will be months before the winner will be able to set up his administration and lay the groundwork for possible talks.
   
It's also unclear what role the Obama administration can or is willing to play to coax the Taliban to the negotiating table.
   
U.S. and former and current Afghan officials say the transfer is evidence that the two sides can come together and deal peacefully.

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