July 20th, 2009
10:28 AM ET

U.S. soldier captured by Taliban: 'I'm afraid'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/07/19/afghanistan.soldier.hostage/art.captive.inv.jpg caption="Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl shown here in a video made by his captors, members of the Taliban."]

A United States soldier captured by the Taliban says in a video posted on the Internet he is "scared I won't be able to go home."

The soldier was identified Sunday by the Pentagon as Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl, 23, of Ketchum, Idaho. He was captured June 30 from Paktika province in southeastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban has threatened to kill Bergdahl if foreign troops continue targeting civilians in the name of search operations in Ghazni and Paktika province, Taliban commander Mulvi Sangeen said by telephone Friday after being contacted by CNN at an undisclosed location.

NATO-led forces in Afghanistan and the U.S. military have repeatedly denied targeting civilians.

In the 28-minute video, Bergdahl becomes emotional when he speaks of his family - his parents, siblings, nieces and nephew - and the girlfriend he hopes to marry.

"I have a very, very good family that I love back home in America, and I miss them every day that I'm gone," he says. "I miss them and I'm afraid I might never see them again and that I'll never be able to tell them I love them again. I'll never be able to hug them."

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  1. davidd

    Why is it that the US Army cannot tell the truth about any incidents( Pat Tilman, Jessica Lynch,Etc.) and has no control or accountability of it's troops. They are doing a poor job. We need the truth. People are needlessly dying because the army is poor at managing and controlling it's people. When will someone be held accountable? The amount of soldiers captured/kidnapped in these wars is unacceptible! Someone needs to start asking hard questions. CNN needs to get off the Obama love train and start reporting hard on this war like you did under Bush. Where are the death counts. Just because Obama is president does not mean this war is acceptable now!!! Do your jobs. Thousands die and you are more worried about Micheal Jackson. Poor, Poor reporting and a public disservice!!!!

    July 20, 2009 at 2:31 pm |