Hopefully these are the final guys to risk their lives for Bergdahl. How did they know they weren’t walking into an ambush?
Here’s the handoff.
Below is the longer version, in which you can see many interesting things, including the aircraft involved in the transfer and the Taliban spreading out on the hills in case things go bad.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
An Afghan insurgent, his face hidden by a scarf, tells Sgt. Bergdahl menacingly in Pashto moments before the release: “Don’t come back to Afghanistan. Next time we catch you, you won’t leave here alive.” Armed insurgents surrounding the pickup truck laugh as Sgt. Bergdahl bows his head, looking confused and scared.
“Long live the holy warriors of Afghanistan! Long live the great holy warrior and the leader of the believers, Mullah Mohammad Omar!” the insurgents chant, referring to the Taliban leader who has eluded U.S. capture since 2001.