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Taliban Propose Swapping Captured US Soldier for Five Guantanamo Detainees

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An undated family handout of U.S. Army private Bowe Bergdahl, 23, who is being held captive and detained by Taliban forces in Afghanistan, released to Reuters on July 22, 2009. Afghanistan's Taliban called on Americans to put pressure on their government over the capture of Bergdahl, saying in an internet message released over the weekend that Washington could not win the war despite its modern weaponry. REUTERS/Family Handout (UNITED STATES MILITARY HEADSHOT) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - RTR25ZDC

The Taliban has held US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl captive since 2009.

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(This story is based on a radio interview. Listen to the full interview.)

Now the jihadi group has offered to exchange the American soldier for five senior Taliban operatives imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Kathy Gannon is an Associated Press Special Regional Correspondent for Afghanistan and Pakistan and the author of "I Is for Infidel."

She's currently in Islamabad.

Gannon was the first to learn about the possible deal — during an exclusive interview she had with Taliban official Shaheen Suhail.

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