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US military releases name of US captive soldier.

Summary: The United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area.  military released Sunday the name of its solider held captive in Afganistan since late June while denouncing the release of the Taliban video of the soldier as propaganda that

The United States military released Sunday the name of its solider held captive in Afganistan since late June while denouncing the release of the Taliban video of the soldier as propaganda that violated international law.

Bowe Bergdahl, 23, from Idaho, is the captive soldier in the Taliban video,

military spokesman Captain Jon Stock Jon Stock is a British author and journalist who also writes a column called The Last Word for The Week magazine in India.

He is currently editor of the Weekend section of the Daily Telegraph in the UK.
 announced. Bergdahl's name had not at first been released. The military said Bergdahl went missing in late June. "The use of the soldier for propaganda purposes we view as against international law," Stock said. "We are continuing to do whatever possible to recover the soldier safe and unharmed."

The soldier appeared with his head shaven, speaking to the camera.

The United States military has been distributing leaflets this week seeking his release and according to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.

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, threatening to target Afgan civilians if the solider is not released. The soldier is the first U.S. service member believed to have been captured in Afghanistan since 2002.

The video

In the video, portions of which were available on the internet video Video material obtained from the Internet. It may refer to streaming video from real time broadcasts, streaming archival material or downloading video files for watching later, all of which are viewed on the computer.  sharing site YouTube (, the soldier appeared with his head shaven and a slight beard, wearing traditional gray, loose-fitting Afghan shalwar Noun 1. shalwar - a pair of light loose trousers with a tight fit around the ankles; worn by women from the Indian subcontinent (usually with a kameez)
 kameez Noun 1. kameez - a long tunic worn by many people from the Indian subcontinent (usually with a salwar or churidars)
tunic - any of a variety of loose fitting cloaks extending to the hips or knees

"Well, I am scared. I'm scared I won't be able to go home. It is very unnerving un·nerve  
tr.v. un·nerved, un·nerv·ing, un·nerves
1. To deprive of fortitude, strength, or firmness of purpose.

2. To make nervous or upset.
 to be a prisoner," the soldier says.

"I have my girlfriend, who is hoping to marry. I have my grandma and grandpas. I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America."

In other clips, the soldier appears to be in good health and is shown occasionally eating. The video is cut in places, but a voice can be heard in the background prompting him at times.

At one point the voice says in English: "Any message to your people?"

"Yes. 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," the soldier says.

"Please, please bring us home so that we can go back to where we belong and not over here wasting our time and our lives."

Leaflets threaten Afgans

CBS NEWS reported last week that U.S. troops in Afganistan have distributed leaflets to Afgan villagers near the border of Ghazni and Paktika, warning that if the American soldier is not set free by Taliban in two weeks "you will be targeted."

Military spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias reportedly confirmed leaflets were printed at Bagram Air Base Bagram Air Base (ICAO: OAIX) is a military controlled airport and housing complex that is located next to the ancient city of Bagram, southeast of Charikar in Parvan province of Afghanistan.  and distributed door to door in the area, CBS NEWS said.

One side of the leaflet shows an image of an American soldier with his head bowed and a message in local Pashtun language reading "If you do not free the American soldier, then..."

On the other side of the leaflet the message "you will be targeted," is printed on an image of American soldiers breaking into a house.

(With Agencies)

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Date:Jul 18, 2009
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