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Taliban Video Shows Handover Of US Soldier


The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of American soldier Bowe Bergdahl in Afghanistan.

The video shows armed Taliban fighters handing Berdahl over to Western-looking men in civilian clothing who had arrived in a Black Hawk helicopter.

Soldiers in Army uniforms are waiting. The handover happened Saturday after Bergdahl's five years in captivity.

He was swapped for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo.

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(NBC News) The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday the military "will not ignore" accusations from a growing group of fellow soldiers that Bowe Bergdahl's misconduct led to his being held by the Taliban until he was swapped for top terrorist detainees.

As Bergdahl recovers and the controversy surrounding the prisoner swap that set him free rages, the Pentagon confirms an inquiry into the charge Bergdahl went AWOL or deserted in 2009.

Several fellow soldiers are speaking out, claiming that Bergdahl is to blame for the death of comrades who perished while searching for him.

Meanwhile, President Obama defended the prisoner swap, saying we don't leave Americans in uniform behind.

"Whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he's held in captivity. Period. Full stop," Mr. Obama said.

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An American soldier who was kidnapped by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2009, will eventually return to the U.S., now that he's been freed.

But defense officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will begin the reintegration process at a medical center in Germany, where he'll decompress and reconnect with his family through telephone calls and video conferences.

Meanwhile, government officials face mounting questions over the prisoner swap that resulted in Bergdahl's release.

Bergdahl was traded for five detainees at Guantanamo. Some Republicans say the deal could set a troubling precedent.

U.S. officials say Bergdahl's health and safety appeared in jeopardy, and that prompted quick action to secure his release.

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U.S. officials say the only American soldier held prisoner in Afghanistan has been freed and is in U.S. custody.

The officials say Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's (boh BURG'-dahl) release was part of a negotiation that includes the release of five Afghan detainees held in the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The negotiation between the U.S. and the Taliban was mediated by the government of Qatar.

The 28-year-old Berghdal had been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009. The officials say he is in good condition and able to walk.

The officials insisted on anonymity in order to describe the details on Bergdahl's release.


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