The Taliban has released a video purporting to show captured US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who disappeared more than five months ago in eastern Afghanistan.

Mr. Bergdahl, a US airborne infantryman, was captured by the Afghan Taliban in Paktika province on June 30. It could not be confirmed immediately that it was Mr. Bergdahl in the new video, which was e-mailed today to AP and other news organisations. A man is shown seated, facing the camera, wearing sunglasses and what appears to be a US military helmet and uniform. A caption below the man speaking says “War prisoner: Bowe Robert Bergdahl“.

On one side of the image it says: “An American soldier imprisoned by the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.”

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