Taliban Releases Video of Captured U.S. Soldier

December 27, 2009 Updated: December 27, 2009

A video of a captive U.S. soldier was posted online by the Taliban on Friday. The captive soldier is identified as Private First Class Bowe Robert Bergdahl, who went missing from his post in Afghanistan in June.

This is the second video the Taliban has released of Bergdahl since he was captured. The first video appeared in July.

In the recent video, the 23-year-old Bergdahl appears healthy and condemns U.S. military operations several times throughout the video. A voice behind the camera tells him in English which topics to speak about.

He says that the war in Afghanistan is "just going to be the next Vietnam," and he encourages the American people to "stand up and stop all this nonsense."

In some scenes, he is shown wearing traditional Afghan clothes, while in other scenes he is shown in military uniform, sunglasses, and a helmet. He is shown several times eating a large meal.

One segment of the video shows him saying that he is scared. He gets choked up, saying his girlfriend was hoping to marry him, and that he misses his family.

"I miss them, and I'm afraid that I might never see them again, and that I'll never be able to tell them I love them again. I'll never be able to hug them," Bergdahl says.

Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard issued a statement from Bergdahl's family on Christmas Day, saying they love him and believe in him. They also urged the Taliban "to let our only son come home," according to the Associated Press.

The video from the Al-emara Jihadic Studio is heavy with Taliban propaganda. It begins with narration, claiming the video "enlightens the new young generation of Muslims with Islamic and Jihadic ideology" and "shoots live scenes from victories of Mujahideen and casualties of the enemy at the hot strongholds and the front lines of Jihad."

There are two conflicting stories on how Bergdahl was captured, and neither is confirmed. One report is that he left his base without a weapon—allegedly as a deserter. The other is a claim Bergdahl makes in the Taliban's first video of him in July, that he was captured after lagging behind soldiers in a military patrol.

It is unknown where he is being held captive, although it is speculated that he was taken across the border into Pakistan.

In the video, the Taliban makes an offer to make a prisoner exchange for Bergdahl. He is the only known U.S. prisoner of war the Taliban has.

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