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Taliban Post Video Of Captured Soldier

From an elated Associated Press:

Taliban release video of captured US soldier

By John Miller, Associated Press Writer

December 25, 2005

KABUL (AP) — The Taliban released a video Friday showing a U.S. soldier who was captured more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan.

Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl is the only known American serviceman in captivity. The U.S. airborne infantryman was taken by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province on June 30…

Bergdahl is shown seated, facing the camera, wearing sunglasses and what appears to be a U.S. military helmet and uniform. On one side of the image, it says: "An American soldier imprisoned by the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

The man identifies himself as Bergdahl, born in Sun Valley, Idaho, and gives his rank, birth date, blood type, his unit and mother’s maiden name before beginning a lengthy verbal attack on the U.S. conduct of the war in Afghanistan and its relations with Muslims. He seems healthy and doesn’t appear to have been abused.

The video, which has an English-language narration in parts, also shows images of prisoners in U.S. custody being abused. The speaker says he did not suffer such ill treatment.

A statement read by a Taliban spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, appears at the end of the video and renews demands for a "limited number of prisoners" to be exchanged for Bergdahl. The statement says that more American troops could be captured.

The Geneva Conventions, which regulate the conduct of war between regular armies, bar the use of detainees for propaganda purposes and prohibit signatories from putting captured military personnel on display. As an insurgent organization, the Taliban are not party to the treaty.

And yet they afforded all the benefits.

Bergdahl, who was serving with a unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, was 23 when he vanished just five months after arriving in Afghanistan. He was serving at a base in Paktika province near the border with Pakistan in an area known to be a Taliban stronghold. On Friday, NATO said a joint Afghan-international force killed several militants in Paktika while searching for a commander of the Jalaluddin Haqqani militant network that is linked to al-Qaida.

U.S. military officials have searched for Bergdahl, but it is not publicly known whether he is even being held in Afghanistan or neighboring Pakistan…

The man on the video said U.S. officials keep leading America "into the same holes," citing Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Somalia, Lebanon and Iraq.

"This is just going to be the next Vietnam unless the American people stand up and stop all this nonsense," he said.

What a typical act from these pious Muslims?

And isn’t it peculiar how the Taliban have mastered the left’s rhetoric?

Still, this Christmas remember all of our soldiers doing hard duty at risk all around the world.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, December 25th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Taliban Post Video Of Captured Soldier”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    We helped the mujihadeen rid the Russians in the 80’s and yet “WE” are falling into the same hole?


  2. canary says:

    Wearing the uniform doesn’t match the words he said. They hid his eyes for some reason, making him give more personal information.

  3. Chuckk says:

    I’m sure the poor guy will get excellent treatment, good food, special religious considerations, Geneva protections, etc. just like the Gitmo detainees. Thank god Obama has shown the jihadists how to do things correctly.

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