US soldier urges release in Taliban video: SITE
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The Taliban Wednesday released a new video said to be of US soldier Bowe Robert Bergdahl begging the US government to intervene and win his release after nine months in captivity in Afghanistan.
Looking lean, but fit, Bergdahl, who said his duty station was in Fort Richardson, Alaska, appeared in combat fatigues in the seven minute 55 second video which was picked up and distributed by the SITE monitoring service.
In his often emotional plea, Bergdahl, who was captured in Afghanistan on June 30, 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 clasped his hands in prayer as he begged: “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.”
At the end of the video, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid says the militants were demanding the release of a limited number of prisoners in exchange for Bergdahl.
Bergdahl said in an earlier video that he was captured when he fell behind his unit in Afghanistan.
He said in Wednesday’s video that he was being well treated and allowed to move around and exercise before showing his fitness by doing some push-ups and squats.