ISLAMABAD: The Afghan Taliban say they are ready to hand over a US soldier held captive since 2009 in exchange for five of their senior operatives being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison.

A Taliban spokesman, Shaheen Suhail, says US Army Sgt Bowe Bergdahl ''is as far as I know in good condition.''

Suhail spoke in an exclusive telephone interview with The Associated Press from the newly opened Taliban offices in Doha, Qatar.

Bergdahl disappeared in eastern Afghanistan on June 30, 2009.

Shaheen says ''first has to be the release of detainees,'' and after that, the Taliban ''want to build bridges of confidence.''

He offered no details on Bergdahl's current whereabouts.

He spoke as the US is scrambling to save talks with the Taliban after angry complaints from President Hamid Karzai.

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June 20, 2013 2:15 pm

The caption should have been ' Taliban offer to exchange prisoners ' ...........

Tariq Meshsud
June 20, 2013 8:41 pm

Karzai is out of mind he knows after USA pull out he got no future left he should better go the USA and again start washing dishes or panhandling yes sir.

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