Published On: Thu, Jun 5th, 2014

Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

Taliban video shows handover of US soldier

The Taliban have released a video showing the moment Sgt Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to US forces after five years in captivity in Afghanistan.

The footage shows him sitting in a pick-up truck, before being walked to a helicopter in a Khost province valley.

The US soldier was freed on Saturday in exchange for the release of five senior Taliban figures from Guantanamo Bay.

The deal has caused controversy in the US, with Republicans warning it could put American lives at risk.

The video, released on Wednesday, shows the soldier dressed in traditional Afghan clothing as he sits waiting in the truck.

Several armed men with covered faces are seen standing next to the vehicle and on the hillside.

A Black Hawk helicopter then lands and the Taliban fighters – one of whom carries a stick with a white flag – lead Sgt Bergdahl to a meeting point where he is being taken away by US forces.

The exchange took place in Ali Sher district of Khost province near the Pakistan border.

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