Missing US soldier in Taliban video

Footage shows captured soldier launching verbal attack against US over Afghan war.

    Taliban had released a video earlier in July that showed a much more nervous Bergdahl [AFP] 

    IntelCenter said the quality of the 36-minute video was good and has an English-language narration in parts. It also showed images of prisoners in US custody being abused.

    A statement read by Zabihullah Mujahid, a Taliban spokesman, appears at the end of the video and renews demands for a "limited number of prisoners" to be exchanged for Bergdahl. The statement adds that more American troops could be captured.

    Five month mission

    Bergdahl, who was serving with a unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, was 23 when he vanished just five months after arriving in Afghanistan.

    Bergdahl was captured in Paktika just five months after arriving in Afghanistan [AFP] 
    He was serving at a base in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold.

    On Friday, Nato said a joint Afghan-international force killed several Taliban fighters in Paktika while searching for a commander of the Jalaluddin Haqqani network that they link to al-Qaeda.

    US military teams have searched for Bergdahl, but it is not publicly known whether he is even being held in Afghanistan or neighbouring Pakistan.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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