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Captured Soldier Update

Posted By McQ • [July 18, 2009]

The good news is he's still alive and apparently healthy:

The Taliban has released a video of an American soldier who went missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan June 30 and was later confirmed captured.

The soldier, whose identity has not yet been confirmed 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 is shown, dressed in a gray, nondescript outfit, eating and sitting on a bed, and he says the date is July 14. He says he was captured when he lagged behind on a patrol. The military said the soldier was captured July 2.

The 28-minute video shows the soldier being interviewed in English by his captors, where he states his views on the war, Islam and the morale of American soldiers.

I can't find the video on line but don't be surprised, when it surfaces, if he says things that might be upsetting or disturbing or what you might consider to be inappropriate.

Isolation and fear can work pretty hard on someone's head. And, we have no idea what they've subjected him too mentally or physically.

This is all being said in anticipation that we might hear something we might not like on the video (other than using the video to prove he's alive and they have him, I can't imagine they'd include the interview as a part of the video unless there was some propaganda value to it). If so, let's cool our jets, work for his return and then worry about all the other stuff when we have the facts.

Prayers, on the other hand, are still appropriate.

More:

Interviewed in English by his captors, he is asked about 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 says is low.

Asked how he is doing, the soldier says: “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 voice. He later chokes up when discussing his family and his hope to marry his girlfriend.

“I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America,” he says. “And I miss them every day when I’m gone.”

Prompted by his interrogators to give a message to the American people, he says in part: “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.”

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

Here's a part of the video.

Thanks to reader hpb for the link.

We have a name and the full video.  You can catch 'em both over at the Jawa Report.


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