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Taliban Suspends Prisoner-Swap Talks With US

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The Taliban says it has suspended talks the with United States about a possible exchange of prisoners.

A spokesman for Afghanistan's Taliban said in a statement Sunday the negotiations were halted due to what he said is the "complex political situation in the country."

The U.S. is reported to have entered into talks with the Taliban to secure the release of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Bergdahl went missing in 2009 and is believed to held in the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The United States has not commented on the Taliban's statement.

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