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John Kerry talks tough on 5 freed Taliban members

Defends deal that led to release of American POW

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday that he felt confident the five Taliban detainees freed in a swap for Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl posed little risk to Americans, adding that Qatari officials were not the only ones monitoring them — and that while the five might be able to return to the battlefield, “they also have the ability to get killed doing that.”

Kerry, in some of his first public remarks on the exchange, struck a decidedly tough tone, dismissing as “baloney” the suggestion that terrorists would have new incentive to kidnap Americans.

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