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Taliban Releases Video Of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Release

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Video has been released this morning of the moment the Taliban handed over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to American Special Forces in Afghanistan.

The Taliban emailed the video to national media outlets Wednesday.

The video comes as the White House is facing growing bipartisan anger over the deal to free the soldier in exchange for five detainees from Guantanamo Bay.

The video shows just one side of the handoff, but it is dramatic. Bergdahl is seated in a truck. Overhead is what appears to be a military aircraft flying cover as one of the men holds a white flag and, soon, a Blackhawk helicopter makes a fast landing.

Bergdahl is brought to the approaching soldiers. He's frisked before being taken away.

And as the chopper departs, there was a parting shot on the video: "Don't come back to Afghanistan."

While there are no surprises here, the fact that the Taliban are now using this exchange for propaganda purposes is almost certain to fuel anger on Capitol Hill, FOX's Doug Luzader reports.

Democrats and Republicans are still fuming over President Barack Obama's decision to trade Bergdahl – whom some believe is guilty of desertion – for five Taliban detainees held at Guantanamo Bay without providing any notice to Congress as required by law.

And there are concerns that the deal could put other troops in harm's way.

"The concerns were bipartisan. And I strongly believe that we should have been consulted, that the law should have been followed. And I very much regret that that was not the case," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Select Intelligence Committee.

That committee's Vice Chairman, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), said, "The President needs to look the American people in the eye and explain to the American people why he was justified in releasing the five individuals and why their background didn't demand mandate that they be detained at Guantanamo for an indefinite period of time."

In the video, Bergdahl appears alert and healthy, Luzader reported, which could counter White House arguments that health concerns drove them to expedite the deal and ignore the law.

Obama, traveling in Europe, acknowledged that the five Taliban members could return to the battlefield.

"And we have confidence that we will be in a position to go after them if, in fact, they are engaging in activities that threaten our defenses," Obama said.

The White House really seems rocked back on its heels by all of this criticism, and this may accelerate now that this video is out, Luzader reported.

Later on Wednesday, administration officials are going to brief every member of the Senate behind closed doors to explain to them exactly why they decided to move forward with this agreement.


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