According to the video's narrator, the handover took place around 4 p.m. Saturday in the area of Bati in Ali Sher district of eastern Khost province. As the helicopter approaches, one of the Taliban men gets closer to Bergdahl and is heard speaking in Pashto, one of two main Afghan languages.
"Don't come back to Afghanistan," the man tells Bergdahl. "You won't make it out alive next time," he adds as some of the others are heard laughing.
Just before the helicopter lands, a group of Taliban near the pickup shout: "Long life to Mujahedeen," or holy warriors as the Taliban call themselves.
A Taliban statement, also distributed to media, quoted their leader Mullah Mohammad Omar describing the release of the five Taliban officials from Guantanamo as a significant achievement for the movement.
|Bowe Bergdahl (L) and Gilad Shalit (R) Photo by AP, Shalit family, Ha'aretz|
The Americans do not have the Talibans in the midst of their country or even close by. And five potentially dangerous men all those thousands of miles away from one of the most populous countries in the world do not compare one iota to the illogical and dangerous step that Israel took to get Schalit home.In October 2011, the Israel Prison Service published the names of the 477 Palestinian prisoners released in the first stage of theprisoner swap deal for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Shalit. 450 male prisoners and 27 female prisoners were released, among them 280 inmates serving life sentences.Every one of the prisoners were transferred out of Israel proper on October 18, 2011, after Shalit was safely returned to Israel.
A total of 131 prisoners returned to Gaza; 54 to the West Bank or east Jerusalem; and 204 prisoners were deported overseas. Six of the prisoners were Arab-Israelis who were allowed to stay in Israel.
What's good for the goose...