A prisoner no longer; U.S. Sergeant freed from captivity in Afghanistan
AFGHANISTAN – A surprise release in Afghanistan of a U.S. army sergeant held prisoner by the Taliban for nearly five years.
Sergeant Bowe Berghdal was handed over to U.S. Special Forces reportedly in good condition.
He was immediately flown to a Coaltion Air Base in Afghanistan.
Berghdal was captured by the Taliban after leaving his base in June of 2009.
His freedom comes in exchange for the release of five Guantanamo Bay terror detainees, who are right now in the air on their way to Persian Gulf nation of Qatar, which reportedly orchestrated the deal while Berghdal’s family is said to be ecstatic over the news.
His release is not without controversy.
This hostage video was the first glimpse of Bergdahl, nearly five years ago, three weeks after he was captured by the Taliban outside his base in Afghanistan.
Clearly frightened and prodded by his captors, Bergdahl feared the worst.
“Well, I’m scared, scared I wont be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner,” said Bergdahl.
But worried most about his parents back in Idaho.
“I miss them every day that I’m gone. I miss them and I’m afraid that I may never see them again,” said Bergdahl.
As of today, a prisoner no longer.
The dramatic handoff took place in Eastern Afghanistan.
Several dozen U.S. Special Operation Forces, and a band of about 18 Taliban fighters – both sides heavily armed -warily approached each other as American attack helicopters circled overhead.
After a brief verbal exchange, Bergdahl was released, and walked alone toward the American commandos who quickly whisked him away to safety.