KABUL, Afghanistan (S2N Media) The Taliban released a video of the tense dramatic helicopter pick-up of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from a barren mountain draped region of Afghanistan's eastern province of Khost.
The U.S. (mainly President Obama) has been widely criticized for brokering a deal with the Taliban that resulted in the release of five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo Bay in return for the controversial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl's motives for abandoning his post in Afghanistan in June 2009 that resulted in his four year detainment by the Taliban has aroused widespread speculations and questions about his allegiance to the U.S.
The video gives a short but real documentary style look at a real time prisoner exchange between two armed military adversaries.
The video opens with the narrator reading verses from the Quran, then, speaking in Pashto, one of Afghanistan's two main languages, the narrator encourages Muslims to "fight these infidels."
The narrator goes on to explain the agreement to exchange Sergeant Bergdahl for five Taliban detainees at Guantánamo Bay. For the insurgents, getting the five men back was "blissful news" and an "historic achievement," the narrator says, which "filled up the eyes of all Muslims with tears of happiness."
As the narrator goes on, a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter thunders into the mountainous Afghanistan horizon minutes away from lifting Sgt. Bergdahl to freedom one member of the Taliban is heard giving the Sgt. some chilling advice.
"Don't come back to Afghanistan. If you do, you won't make it out alive next time."
The helicopter lands, engines remain running as three U.S. servicemen disembark and walk quickly toward two approaching members of the Taliban escorting Sergeant Bergdahl. One of the escorts has a makeshift white flag in his hand, signaling temporary truce. Armed personnel on both sides hinted the possibility of violence erupting any minute if anything wasn't on the level.
The adversaries meet mid-way between the waiting chopper and stationed armed Taliban sentries. Curt handshakes take place and Sgt. Bergdahl is handed over to the American troops who are wearing civilian clothes. The Americans quickly lead Bergdahl away, patting him down.
Trust only extends only so far, as one American serviceman is seen backing his way back to the chopper, never taking his eyes off the Taliban soldiers until he was within the safety range of the aircraft. Just before boarding the chopper, a bag is taken from Sgt. Bergdahl by one of the servicemen and tossed to the side. They board the helicopter and for five to six tense seconds get situated then the Blackhawk lifts off and heads into the Afghanistan Horizon.
The video ends with the same warning that was delivered to Sergeant Bergdahl moments before his release. The words that appear on the screen contain a misspelling, but the message seems clear. "Don't come back to Afghanistan," it says.