Spc. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been held by the Taliban since June 30, 2009, when he disappeared in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan. It was not immediately clear when the video was made.
The U.S.-based IntelCenter said that along with Berghdal, another man in the video appeared to be the Taliban commander who had once threatened to kill the U.S. soldier. The video, taken in a wooded area, shows Berghdal looking thin in a loose gray top, with bags under his eyes and what appeared to be an abrasion along his left cheekbone.
In July 2009, Taliban commander Mawlavi Sangin’s spokesman told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that Berghdal would be killed unless the U.S. stops strikes in Ghazni province’s Giro district and Paktika province’s Khoshamand district.
The video, which also shows militant attacks in Afghanistan, was released by Manba al-Jihad, a video production group affiliated with the Taliban. The man believed to be Bergdahl appears only briefly in the video and is not the main focus, more from this source….
Manba al-Jihad Media Studios produce anti-American Jihad propaganda.
This is a relatively new media or conveyor of Jihad medium. Manba al-Jihad which means “The Source of Jihad” had released some videos showing attacks by the Taliban on the coalition forces in the Southeastern region of Afghanistan for the years 2008, 2009 and 2010.
The featured attacks included rocket launchings, detonation of bombs using remote controlled devices and actions of martyrdom operations. Manba al-Jihad had also released old videos featuring one of the Mujahideen commanders in the time of Jalaludin Haqqani. Jalaludin Haqqani and his son Sirajjudin Haqqani are now said to be somewhere in a remote area in Pakistan which borders with Waziristan. True nature of connection between Manba al-Jihad Media and Taliban is under investigation.
TALIBAN PROPAGANDA: WINNING THE WAR OF WORDS Manba al-Jihad Media Studios.
More material now seems to be filmed inside Afghanistan, and it is improving in quality (Manba al-Jihad Media Studios) . Two cameras mounted on tripods were used to capture a truck bombing on a military base in Sabri, Khost province, on 3 March 2008 which killed two international soldiers and two Afghan civilians; the DVD was distributed within a couple of weeks of the attack (Manba al-Jihad Media Studios).
It was noticeably different from the shaky camerawork seen in previous years. In Al Somood’s 25th issue (July 2008), which also marked its third year of publication, an editorial pledged that the magazine “will try as much as possible to present an accurate picture of political and military developments in Afghanistan; will try to introduce a special section for military reports from within the front (Manba al-Jihad Media Studios); will concentrate, in the rest of its articles, on including the most important developments in the Afghan struggle; will publish in forthcoming issues of Al Somood pages devoted to the history of the Taliban Islamic movement and the founding of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan; and will publish, in particular, articles covering historical developments since the American invasion and occupation of Afghanistan”.
The Haqqani interview was distributed on DVD by “The Source of Jihad” (Manba Al Jihad in Arabic) and the Cultural Affairs Commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
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