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Taliban releases missing US soldier video

us-soldierThe Taliban has released a 28-minute video of an American soldier who was captured by the group after he went missing in eastern Afghanistan on June 30.

The clip shows the soldier saying the date he was captured — July 14th . The captive soldier adds he went missing after he lagged behind on a patrol.

He also calls for the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan.

“Well I’m scared, scared I won’t be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner,” the soldier said on the video.

He also addresses the American people saying: “You have the power to make our government bring them home”.

“Please, please bring us home so that we can be back where we belong and not over here, wasting our time and our lives and our precious life that we could be using back in our own country”.

US defense officials confirmed to The Associated Press and Reuters that the man in the video is the missing soldier. But his name has been withheld until his family is notified.

The captors, however, hold up the soldier’s identity tags in the video.

Military spokesman Captain Jon Stock blamed the move, accusing the Taliban of breaching “international law” by “the use of the soldier for propaganda purposes”.

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