Taliban say talks over US hostage suspended

An image provided by IntelCenter and realeased by the Taliban associated group Manba al-Jihad on December 7, 2010 purportedly shows US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held hostage since 2009The Afghan Taliban said on Sunday they have withdrawn from talks with the United States over a prisoner exchange that would have resulted in the release of an American soldier. It was the first time either side formally acknowledged talks had been held regarding the release of Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who had been in Taliban custody since 2009. The talks were held under mediation of the Qatari government, the Taliban added. It did not provide further details and Taliban spokesmen were not immediately available for comment.

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