This undated file image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the soldier held prisoner for years by the Taliban after leaving his post in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, file)
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U.S. military prosecutors said in opening statements Thursday that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a former prisoner of war in Afghanistan held for five years before being swapped in 2014 for five Taliban leaders, deliberately left his post.Prosecutors said the search for Bergdahl began with nine men and expanded to a massive effort over about nine weeks.The Article 32 proceeding is similar to a grand jury investigation under civilian law, and the appearance would be Bergdahl's first before a court since being charged.Fidell has said Bergdahl was not trying to desert when he left his post but instead was trying to locate the nearest general officer so he could report "disturbing circumstances".
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