Taliban footage of soldier’s handover

The Taliban released a video showing Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl being handed over to US forces and bundled into a helicopter in eastern Afghanistan.

It touted the swap of the abducted American soldier for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the insurgents.

The exchange and still- murky circumstances of how Bergdahl came to be captured by the Taliban nearly five years ago have prompted a fierce debate in Washington after the five freed Taliban were flown to Qatar — a tiny Gulf Arab country that served as a mediator between the two sides.

US defence secretary Chuck Hagel said the army will review the case, insisting it is unfair to Bergdahl’s family to make assumptions before that is done.

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