26 Dec 2009

US soldier in Taliban video

9:12 am on 26 December 2009

A video has been issued in Afghanistan, showing a United States soldier who was captured there by the Taliban six months ago.

It features a brief image of Private Bowe Bergdahl, 23, wearing combat fatigues, a helmet and sunglasses.

He was captured in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, on 30 June.

In the video, Private Bergdahl calls on the American people to stand up against the war.

The US military has condemned the video, saying it's an affront to his family. His parents, Bob and Jani Bergdahl, responded by appealing for his release.

NATO says it's not clear when the video, which was released on Friday, was recorded.

The BBC reports the Taliban wants captured fighters to be released in exchange for him.