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DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan. - A militant commander who is holding a U.S. soldier abducted in Afghanistan says his fate depends on the U.S. response to Taliban demands.

The insurgent commander, Maulvi Sangin, for eastern Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar's council will decide the fate of the soldier.

It was the first news of Pfc. Bowe R. Bergdahl made public since a Taliban video was released July 18.

The commander would not elaborate on the demands or say if any deadline had been given. A spokesman had previously said the soldier would be killed unless the U.S. stops airstrikes in two areas of eastern Afghanistan.

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