Taliban videos shows US hostage still alive

Video of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his freedom, was released by the Taliban today.

Video of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan last June, showing him pleading for his freedom, was released by the Taliban today.

Bowe Bergdahl says he wants to return to his family in Idaho and that the war in Afghanistan is not worth the number of lives that have been lost or wasted in prison.

It is the first he has been seen since the Taliban released a video of him at Christmas.

The seven-minute video shows him with a beard and doing a few push-ups to demonstrate he is in good physical condition. There was no way to verify when the footage was taken or if he is still alive.

An Army spokesman said: “Our thoughts, prayers, and support remain with the Bergdahl family during this difficult time.”

Bergdahl, 24, disappeared on June 30 while based in eastern Afghanistan and is the only known American serviceman in captivity. The Taliban claimed his capture in a video released in mid-July that showed the soldier appearing downcast and frightened.

In the video Bergdahl talks about his love for his family, his friends, motorcycles and sailing.

At the end of the video, a speaker, reportedly Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, demands the release of a limited number of prisoners in exchange for the American.

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