June 4, 2014 10:28 am
Updated: June 4, 2014 10:58 am

Taliban release video showing handover of captured U.S. soldier


WATCH: Taliban release video of handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces

KABUL, Afghanistan – 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.

WATCH: US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel says it’s “unfair” to the family of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to leap to conclusions about the circumstances of his capture by the Taliban

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