Taliban video shows Bowe Bergdahl's release in Afghanistan

 (CNN) -- New video is released this morning of what appears to the moment the Taliban released Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. It comes as lawmakers demand answers about the deal that lead to his freedom.  

Dressed in all white with a striped shawl across his shoulder, the gaunt-looking American looks up at the Black Hawk chopper circling overhead.

Armed Taliban men stand around him, one with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher ready.

When the chopper lands, the American is led there by two men, one carrying a white flag. He is given a patdown, loaded on to the helicopter and whisked away.

A new video released by the Taliban showed the final moments ofArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's five years in captivity, just before he was handed over to the United States.

The narration on the video says the transfer took place in Khost province, in eastern Afghanistan.
"We had a number of tribal elders with us ... in order to build trust between us and the other side," a voice in the video says.

"We told them that we had warned all our Mujahideen fighters in Khost province and especially in Batai area not to attack them."

The 17-minute video also showed an unusual sight: Taliban members shaking hands with men from the Black Hawk chopper.

The Pentagon said early Wednesday it has no reason to doubt the video's authenticity.

"But we are reviewing it," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

"Regardless, we know the transfer was peaceful and successful, and our focus remains on getting Sgt. Bergdahl the care he needs."

At one point in the video, Taliban members start chanting, "Long live Mujahideen of Afghanistan, long live Mullah Omar, the leader of Taliban."

  The Defense Department will brief the full senate today to try to explain events that led to Bergdahl's release in exchange for 5 Taliban fighters.  The military has promised a comprehensive review into possible misconduct and says charges against Bergdahl are still a possibility. President Obama was questioned about the deal during a news conference in Poland yesterday. He defended his actions saying the US does not leave any soldier behind and that the Taliban fighters who were released would be monitored.


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