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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BillyB
Jun 4, 2014 4:52 PM CDT
He is a deserter according to his unit. President may say different, but I believe fellow soldiers and not a lieing president. Court Martial should happen and then mom and dad deported.
FarmerMichael
Jun 4, 2014 1:43 PM CDT
Obama didn't start the war. He is the current commander in chief. Comments being made by P.R. firms get me to the point that I want an ammendment to the Constitution that we can't have a war until at least half of Congressfolk's children of military age are in a military role. Don't declare unles you have skin inthe game. Ditto the P.R. flacks doing the political Swift Boating right now. I helped find POWs on the way north after capture in Viet Nam. Some got captured by doing something silly. But they all deserved our help and to be brought back. Bergdahl was in a hell hole out in the middle of hostile land. Unless you've been in that situation, shut up until truth is available. Yes, it is silly that the military put a gag order on the troops that were in this particullar Hell Hole. That implies some oversight person really should be grilled over the coals, not the troops on the ground pounding out the mission.
Lefty_Libby
Jun 4, 2014 1:19 PM CDT
Whether he was or wasn't a deserter, he's an American soldier, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years. The hate filled comments from fellow Americans towards him (even as he convalesces), are nauseating.