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Interview :: Taliban vs U.S Captured Soldier (TREATMENT)

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Published on Jul 19, 2009

TALIBAN CAPTURED US SOLDIER DETAIL: http://icasualties.org/OEF/index.aspx
The American soldier who disappeared June 30 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured, appeared on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, tw...
The American soldier who disappeared June 30 from his base in eastern Afghanistan and was later confirmed to have been captured, appeared on a video posted Saturday to a Web site by the Taliban, two U.S. defense officials said.

The soldier is shown in the 28-minute video with his head shaved and the start of a beard. He is sitting and dressed in a nondescript, gray outfit. Early in the video one of his captors holds the soldier's dog tag up to the camera. His name and ID number are clearly visible. He is shown eating at one point and sitting on a bed.

The soldier, whose identity has not yet been released by the Pentagon pending notification of members of Congress and the soldier's family, says his name, age and hometown on the video, which was released Saturday on a Web site pointed out by the Taliban. Two U.S. defense officials confirmed to The Associated Press that the man in the video is the captured soldier.

The soldier said the date is July 14. He says he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol.

He is interviewed in English by his captors, and he is asked his views on the war, which he calls extremely hard, his desire to learn more about Islam and the morale of American soldiers, which he said was low.

Asked how he was doing, the soldier said on the video:

"Well I'm scared, scared I won't be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner."

He begins to answer questions in a matter-of-fact and sober voice, occasionally facing the camera, looking down and sometimes looking to the questioner on his left.

He later chokes up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.

"I have my girlfriend, who is hoping to marry," he said. "I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America. And I miss them every day when I'm gone. I miss them and I'm afraid that I might not ever see them again and that I'll never be able to tell them that I love them again and I'll never be able to hug them."

He is also prompted his interrogators to give a message to the American people.

"To my fellow Americans who have loved ones over here, who know what it's like to miss them, you have the power to make our government bring them home," he said. "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. Please bring us home. It is America and American people who have that power."

The video is not a continuous recording -- it appears to stop and start during the questioning.

It is unclear from the video whether the July 14 date is authentic. The soldier says that he heard that a Chinook helicopter carrying 37 NATO troops had been shot down over Helmand. A helicopter was shot down in southern Afghanistan on July 14, but it was carrying civilians on a reported humanitarian mission for NATO forces. All six Ukrainian passengers died in the crash, and a child on the ground was killed.

On July 2, the U.S. military said an American soldier had disappeared after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three Afghan counterparts and was believed to have been taken prisoner. A U.S. defense official said the soldier was noticed missing during a routine check of the unit on June 30 and was first listed as "duty status whereabouts unknown."

Details of such incidents are routinely held very tightly by the military as it works to retrieve a missing or captured soldier without giving away any information to captors.

But Afghan Police Gen. Nabi Mullakheil said the soldier went missing in eastern Paktika province near the border with Pakistan from an American base. The region is known to be Taliban-infested.

The most important insurgent group operating in that area is known as Haqqani network and is led by warlord Siraj Haqqani, whom the U.S. has accused of masterminding beheadings and suicide bombings including the July 2008 attack on the Indian Embassy in Kabul that killed some 60 people. The Haqqani group also was linked to an assassination attempt on Afghan president Hamid Karzai early last year.

On Saturday, a U.S. military official in Kabul, Col. Greg Julian, said the U.S. was "still doing everything we can to return him safely."

Julian said U.S. troops had distributed two flyers in the area where the soldier disappeared. One of them asked for information on the missing soldier and offered a $25,000 reward for his return. The other said "please return our soldier safely" or "we will hunt you," according to Julian.

More at http://www.abcnews.com

Comments • 690

ElaborateTiger
At least the don't torture him like the Americans do in Guantanamo. The USA is evil.
shahir 125
Not surprisingly, these Afghans are treating the POW very well, as they follow Pashtunwali (their honour code)
AfghanHearts
noble muslim taliban treat prisoners so well and human. while the cruel americans treat prisoners in their prioson camps (guantanamo, baghram camp, abu ghraib) with torture methods you cannot even think about. thats the difference between the "brutal" islamic taliban and the "civilized" americans
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Peter Schopf
     I see no duress, just defection. I feel for him... as a misguided product of a delusional childhood.       We are increasingly becoming a country of ideological expectations with no regard for the truths of human nature.       We accept conscientious objectors and political dissidents as a part of the fabric of this country, but to disregard the willful desertion of your country's military is beyond the pale.      His "captors" found an empty space where morality and love of country vacated a spot for liberal thinking. Heart will triumph, never mind your intellect       I will never argue that an "invading" force does not find moral superiority in its mindset. It is the nature of martial engagement, like it or not. Without some sense of righteousness, how do you defend your killing of another human being?
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T Hoyt
anyone notice that he says, "I WAS an airborne infantryman" and "my unit Was..."  He's already switched sides
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MovingAfrica2Freedom
The Islamic emirate of Afghanistan is very nice toward the USA gunman they captured while the USA is busy locking Afghan hostages it is holding like animals in cages and torture them on daily basis. 
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millenium2003
where is the full 28 min video. I wanna watch it all.
serioushamster
@lilblitz they arent pakistanis are they then they are brits.
David S
The did the same thing in veitnam they beat the crap out of that solder then cleaned him up for the interview they told him what to say or they would just beat and starve him more. his left arm looks like it may be injured

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