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Taliban release new video of captured US soldier

still image obtained April 8, 2010 courtesy of IntelCenter from an April 7, 2010 Taliban-released video showing captured US soldier Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl
Private Bergdahl looks fit in the video

The Taliban have released a new video which appears to show an American soldier who was captured in Afghanistan in June last year.

On the video, a man in combat uniform asks the US government to intervene and win his release.

The soldier, Private Bowe Bergdahl, looks fit and is heard listing the names of his family and friends.

A Taliban spokesman says in the video they are demanding the release of prisoners in exchange for the soldier.

Nato said in a statement that using Pte Bergdahl "as a means of propaganda is a deplorable act and only fuels our efforts to find him and bring him home".

Pte Bergdahl was serving with an Alaska-based infantry regiment in Paktika province.

He vanished from his base, near the border with Pakistan, just five months after arriving in Afghanistan.

The military has been trying to locate him ever since, and a reward has been offered for his safe return.

He is believed to be the first soldier seized in either Iraq or Afghanistan for at least two years.



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