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Army General to Investigate How and Why Bowe Bergdahl Left Base, CNN Reports

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The investigating officer is expected to begin working on the case next week.

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free the U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantanamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition Thursday June 20, 2013 to joining planned peace talks. (Image source: AP)

The U.S. Army has tapped a two-star general to investigate how and why Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left his Afghanistan base, which resulted in his capture, CNN reported Saturday, citing a senior defense official.

This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The Taliban proposed a deal in which they would free the U.S. soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their most senior operatives at Guantanamo Bay, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai eased his opposition Thursday June 20, 2013 to joining planned peace talks. Credit: AP This undated image provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. (Image source: AP)

The senior defense official declined to name the investigating general until a formal announcement is made, CNN added.

The investigating officer is expected to begin working on the case next week, CNN reported, adding that such a timetable doesn't necessarily indicate when Bergdahl will be formally questioned.

Bergdahl spent five years in captivity until his release May 31 in exchange for five Taliban figures that were held by the United States in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center.

Bergdahl returned to American soil early Friday; he's at an Army medical facility in San Antonio, Texas.

This is breaking news; updates will be added.

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