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Taliban Video Shows Handover of Bergdahl

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl (US Army)

The video, emailed to media on Wednesday, shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck parked on a hillside. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machineguns stand around the truck and on the hillside.

Bergdahl is seen blinking frequently as he looks at and listens to his captors.

A Black Hawk helicopter then lands and two Taliban fighters, one carrying a white flag, lead Bergdahl half way. He is greeted and taken by three Western-looking men in civilian clothing to the helicopter, where soldiers in Army uniforms are waiting.

After five years in captivity, Bergdahl was released Saturday in a swap for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo.


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