Taliban Releases Video Of Captured US Soldier
The Taliban has released a video of a US soldier, supposedly captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan. He is identified in the video as “War Prisoner: Bowe Robert Bergdahl.” Bergdahl is known to have been captured in Paktika province on June 30.
A statement read by a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, appears at the end of the video and renews demands for a “limited number of prisoners” to be exchanged for Bergdahl. The statement says that more American troops could be captured.
US Navy Rear Admiral Gregory Smith, director of communication with Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, said: “This is a horrible act which exploits a young soldier, who was clearly compelled to read a prepared statement. It reflects nothing more than the violent, deceitful tactics of the Taliban insurgency.”
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