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Taliban release video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl exchange

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NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

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 machine guns 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.

Bergdahl is frisked before he boards the helicopter.

After five years in captivity, Bergdahl was released Saturday in a swap for five Taliban detainees from Guantanamo.

The Obama administration is under heavy criticism for the exchange. Members of Congress were not notified about the swap as required by law.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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