Taliban to release video of captured US soldier


Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, from the July 2009 propaganda tape.

The Taliban will release a new video of captive US soldier Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl, according to a trusted source. The video is reportedly titled “One of Their People Testified.” Bergdahl was captured by the Haqqani Network on June 30 after leaving his small combat outpost in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika.

The Haqqani Network is the most lethal of the Taliban groups operating in Afghanistan. My sources believe Bergdahl is currently being held in the Taliban-controlled tribal agency of North Waziristan in Pakistan. The Pakistani government and military refuse to go into North Waziristan and confront the Haqqanis.

Bergdahl was last heard from in July, when a long “interview” conducted by an English-speaking Taliban spokesman was released. You can see the July 2009 video here.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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