Bowe waiting for helicopter and walking to freedom
(First published on Radical Sister on June 4th 2014)
Earlier this week I covered the story of the lead up to American Sgt Bowe Bergdahl, prisoner of the Taliban being released after 5 years in captivity and the exchange of 5 Taliban prisoners, see the following link
Now the Taliban have released a 17 minute video received by Conflict Analysis which claims to show the transfer. Bowe is seen waiting in a silver pick-up truck with red markings on the side and can be see rubbing his left eye as he is advised “don’t come back to Afghanistan.” Armed men wait on a hillside, one with what appears to be a rocket launcher, while others communicate by radio as a helicopter approaches an area of flat scrubland.
Bowe, clean shaven, wearing shalwar kameez, black and white checked shawl around his shoulders and carrying a small bag is escorted to the helicopter by men carrying a while flag. He is greeted by 3 men and searched before boarding his long awaited flight to freedom.
Images of the Taliban prisoners can also be seen on the video arriving in Qatar.
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.