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Soldier’s ‘tentative’ return to US

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Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl “looked good” after arriving back in the US, and will work daily with health professionals after being held by the Taliban for five years, military officials say.

Bergdahl’s family has not joined him since he arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston on Friday, and Army officials would not say when relatives might show up.

Major General Joseph P DiSalvo said Bergdahl was in stable condition, “looked good” and showed “good comportment” after being transported to Texas from an Army medical facility in Germany.

“The reintegration of Sgt Bergdahl is comprehensive. There is no set timeline,” said DiSalvo, who will be in charge of that process.

Military officials declined to give details on what Bergdahl might remember about his capture in Afghanistan or what he knows about the public uproar surrounding his capture and release.

“We want to gradually titrate that exposure to him,” Colonel Bradley Poppen said.

Army officials briefed the media at a golf course near Fort Sam Houston and said no reporters would be allowed onto the base or in the hospital.

Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl’s condition out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight.

The Idaho native was captured in Afghanistan in June 2009 and released by the Taliban on May 31 in a deal struck by the Obama administration in which five senior Taliban officials were released from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Army has not formally begun a new review into the circumstances of Bergdahl’s capture and whether he walked away without leave or was deserting the Army when he was found and taken by the Taliban.