WASHINGTON - Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returning to the United States after five years as a captive of the Taliban.

The Pentagon says Bergdahl has left Germany on board a U.S. military aircraft and is expected to arrive at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, early Friday morning.

Bergdahl was released from Taliban captivity on May 31 and had been at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany since June 1.

Officials have kept a lid on details of Bergdahl's condition and his travel plans out of concern that he not be rushed back into the public spotlight after a lengthy period in captivity.

Bergdahl's return comes amid a public uproar over the circumstances of his capture and release.

Many have criticized the Obama administration for agreeing to release five Taliban prisoners from detention at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for Bergdahl.

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