Taliban Release Video Of Bergdahl Handover
June 4, 2014 by staff
Taliban Release Video Of Bergdahl Handover, The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl into U.S. custody over the weekend.
The video was emailed to media outlets Wednesday. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said that the Defense Department was reviewing the video, but had “no reason to doubt [its] authenticity.”
“Regardless,” Rear Adm. Kirby said, “we know the transfer was peaceful and successful, and our focus remains on getting Sgt. Bergdahl the care he needs.”
The video opens by showing Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a white pickup truck parked on a hillside somewhere in eastern Afghanistan. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machine guns stand around the truck and on the hillside.
Bergdahl, who is clean shaven and has a shaved head in the video, is seen blinking frequently as he looks at and listens to his captors.
The video is narrated by a Taliban militant, who at one point says, “We told them there are 18 armed fighters and the Americans said that’s all right.”
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.
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