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June 13th, 2014
04:47 PM ET

Bowe Bergdahl returns home - to a long road ahead

(CNN) - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American prisoner of war, returned home early Friday morning, his hero's welcome supplanted by a controversial prisoner swap and his reputation tarnished by accusations he was a deserter.

He arrived in San Antonio from a military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany, where he'd been recuperating since his release May 31 in exchange for five Taliban figures held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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Senior administration officials on how we got here in Iraq

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June 13th, 2014
02:51 PM ET

Senior administration officials on how we got here in Iraq

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

(CNN) – The United States "will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," President Barack Obama said Friday, adding that he would be reviewing a range of other options in coming days.

"Any action that we may take ... has to be joined by a serious and sincere effort by Iraq's leaders to set aside sectarian differences, to promote stability," he said.

Are sectarian differences to blame for this crisis?
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