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Taliban video shows handover of Army Sgt. Bergdahl to U.S. forces

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Video released by Taliban shows handover of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.

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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