Afghan Taliban issue new video of captive US soldier

The Afghan Taliban on Friday issued a new video tape of a U.S. soldier captured this summer.

Afghan Taliban issue new video of captive US soldier

The Afghan Taliban on Friday issued a new video tape of a U.S. soldier captured this summer.

Private Bowe Bergdahl appears in the video wearing sunglasses and a U.S. military style uniform including a military helmet.

He gives his name, hometown and other personal details before saying he is a prisoner of war of the Taliban. It is not clear when the video was made.

He goes on to attack U.S. leaders for their treatment of Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan and warns that the U.S. military is no match for the Taliban.

"I'm afraid to tell you that this war has slipped from our fingers and it's just going to be our next Vietnam unless the American people stand up and stop all this nonsense," he says.

In the video, Bergdahl tells his fellow soldiers they are facing a well-organised and patient enemy.

"To all you soldiers out there who are getting ready to come over here for the first time because of the stupidity of our country and leaders ... you are fighting very smart people who know exactly how to kill us and are extremely patient."

A spokesman for the Taliban also urged the U.S. government in the video to make a prisoner swap deal for Bergdahl.

"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has demanded and still demands release of a limited number of prisoners in exchange for this American prisoner, Bowe Robert Bergdahl."

The soldier, who was 23 when he was captured by the Taliban in southeastern Afghanistan in late June, was in good health, Zabihullah Mujahid said.

The man in the video looked healthy and said he had been well-treated, contrasting his fate to that of prisoners held in U.S. military prisons, including the infamous Abu Ghraib.

"I bear witness I was continuously treated as a human being, with dignity, and I had nobody deprive me of my clothes and take pictures of me naked. I had no dogs barking at me or biting me as my country has done to their Muslim prisoners in the jails that I have mentioned," the man said.

In July, Bergdahl appeared in a video urging the U.S. government to withdraw its forces from Afghanistan.

In July, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denounced his capture as "outrageous" and said the United States was doing everything it could to locate and free him.

There are about 110,000 foreign troops, more than half of them Americans,occupying the country.


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