The Taliban have released a propaganda video of the moment accused deserter U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was handed over to American troops in eastern Afghanistan – a trade that has since become a major embarrassment for the president.
The footage reveals that Bergdahl is able to walk unaided, despite claims by U.S. officials that his health had been key in the decision to act quickly in the prisoner swap. The swift move meant that the president illegally failed to notify Congress before the trade, Republicans have said.
In the video, which emerged overnight, Bergdahl is clean shaven with a shaved head and dressed in a white salwar kameez waiting in a white pick-up truck as Taliban militants stand outside.
Armed gunmen can also be seen standing on the hills around the valley as Black Hawk helicopters draw closer to the meeting point.