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Hagel: Focus was to get Bergdahl back

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said this may open a channel with the Taliban, but that wasn't the point of the swap. (Source: Pool/CNN) U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said this may open a channel with the Taliban, but that wasn't the point of the swap. (Source: Pool/CNN)

ON FLIGHT FROM SINGAPORE (CNN/Pool) - The last American soldier held captive by the Taliban has started his long journey home.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been a prisoner of war since June of 2009.

The U.S. swapped five detainees from Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl's freedom. They're being sent to Qatar.

During a flight from Singapore to Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said this may open a channel with the Taliban, but that wasn't the point of the swap.

"Our primary focus, I think as you all know, was getting Sgt. Bergdahl back," he said. "And we've done that, as I've said, as President Obama said, as a result of the help of a lot of people. So that's our first focus. Whether that could lead to possible new breakthroughs with the Taliban, I don't know. Hopefully it might. But we pursued this effort specifically to get Sgt. Bergdahl back."

Bergdahl is expected to undergo medical treatment at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany while being debriefed.

After that, he's likely to head to a medical center in Texas.

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