US condemns video of soldier missing in Afghanistan

Author: By Peter Graff, Reuters

Military spokesman Captain Jon Stock said the man in the video was the missing
soldier, whose name has not been released. The military says he 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 US military has been distributing leaflets this week seeking his release.
The soldier is the first US service member believed to have been captured in
Afghanistan since 2002.

In the video, portions of which were available on the internet video sharing
site YouTube (YouTube.com),
the soldier appeared with his head shaven and a slight beard, wearing
traditional gray, loose-fitting Afghan shalwar kameez clothing.

“Well, I am scared. I’m scared I won’t be able to go home. It is very
unnerving 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.”

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