The Taliban has released a video showing the handoff of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. Special Operations Forces with the farewell message, "Don't come back to Afghanistan."
The video, originally posted on the Taliban's website, shows Bergdahl sitting in a white pickup truck in an open field, located in the remote Khost province. He looks confused and is blinking a lot as he gets out of the truck wearing white Afghan clothing. In the video, he looks thin, bald, and does not have eyebrows.
A U.S. Black Hawk helicopter landed in the field as armed insurgents spread out across the surrounding hills. The insurgents were armed with assault rifles, and at least one was in possession of a rocket-propelled grenade.
After the helicopter landed, three men approached the Taliban insurgents carrying no visible weapons and wearing civilian clothes. They shook hands with two of the Taliban and spoke briefly with an insurgent carrying a white flag. The Americans then escorted Bergdahl to the helicopter holding him under the arm, and then quickly frisked him before taking off.