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Taliban releases video of captured US soldier: report

Afghanistan's Taliban movement has released a new video of a captured US soldier, offering to release him as part of a prisoner exchange, the IntelCenter monitoring service said.

world Updated: Apr 08, 2010 13:10 IST

Afghanistan's Taliban movement has released a new video of a captured US soldier, offering to release him as part of a prisoner exchange, the IntelCenter monitoring service said on Thursday.

The nearly eight-minute-long video showed Bowe Bergdahl, in a beard and wearing an army jacket, reading a newspaper and doing push-ups, the service said.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid is heard at the end of the video making a statement, with English subtitles, reiterating demands for the release of "a limited number of prisoners in exchange for this American prisoner."

"Unfortunately, the arrogant American rulers are not ready to take any step in this regard," he added, according to IntelCenter.

Bergdahl was captured June 30, 2009. The Taliban has already released two earlier videos showing him to be alive.

He looked lean but fit in Wednesday's video and said he was being well treated and allowed to move around and exercise.

In the video, which also was picked up and distributed by the SITE monitoring service, the soldier is seen making an emotional appeal for his release.

Clasping his hands in prayer, he says: "Let me go... get me released... This war isn't worth the waste of human life that has cost both the Afghanistan and the US.

"It's not worth the amount of lives that have been wasted in prisons, Guantanamo Bay, Bagram, all those places where we are keeping prisoners.

"I am a prisoner. I want to go home... Every day I want to go home. The pain in my heart to see my family doesn't get any smaller. Release me. Please I'm begging you, bring me home. Bring us all home back to our families."

He listed the names of his family and friends and described what he loved doing best.

"I love motorcycles. I love sailing and anything with two wheels or a sail," he said staring into the camera, and indicating that the video was recorded this week.

Bergdahl was the first American soldier to be captured in Afghanistan since the US-led war in 2001.

He said in an earlier video that he was captured when he fell behind his unit in Afghanistan.