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Kidnapped US soldier identified on released video

BAGHDAD -- A Shi'ite militant group has released a video of a kidnapped Iraqi-American soldier, the first time he has been seen alive since he was abducted four months ago in Baghdad, his uncle said yesteray .

US Army translator Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old reserve soldier who was born in Iraq and lives in Ann Arbor, Mich., was seized by gunmen Oct. 23 while visiting his Iraqi wife's family in the Karadah neighborhood of central Baghdad.

A previously unknown Shi'ite militant group called Ahl al-Bayt Brigades posted a 10-second video on the Internet Tuesday showing Taayie with dark, short- cropped hair, unshaven, and wearing a wide dark-green collared shirt in front of a greenish flat surface, said SITE, a US group that monitors extremist messages.

Taayie's eyes were downcast , and his lips were moving as if he was reading aloud, SITE said yesterday . Although the video carried no sound, SITE said that the militants also issued a document, saying: "We warn the American people of the result of sending their soldiers to Iraq so they don't face the same fate."

The video was also broadcast earlier yesterday by CNN.

It was unclear when the video was made but Entifadh Qanbar, Taayie's uncle, said he had identified his nephew in it. Major General William Caldwell, chief US military spokesman in Baghdad, said the military was analyzing a copy of the video to ascertain its authenticity.