Taliban: Here's Video of Bergdahl Handover

Afghanistan meeting lasted less than a minute

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 4, 2014 5:11 AM CDT | Updated Jun 4, 2014 7:24 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The moment Bowe Bergdahl saw freedom after five years of captivity is captured in a dramatic video released by the Taliban. In the 17-minute video, a clean-shaven Bergdahl can be seen waiting in a pickup truck while Taliban soldiers stand guard in eastern Afghanistan, Reuters reports. "We told them there are 18 armed fighters and the Americans said that's alright," a man can be heard saying. After a Black Hawk helicopter lands, three men who appear to be Americans walk to meet Bergdahl and two of his captors.

Bergdahl is patted down by the Americans before the helicopter takes off, having spent less than a minute on the ground. After it takes off, a subtitle in English appears: "Don' [sic] come back to Afghanistan." The video also includes images of Guantanamo Bay and footage of the five Taliban leaders freed in exchange for Bergdahl arriving in Qatar, reports the Guardian, which notes that his release has been clouded by claims that he deserted his post and fellow soldiers died trying to find him.

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