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Video shows U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan

By Lolita C. Baldor

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 12:40 p.m. HST, Jan 15, 2014

WASHINGTON » U.S. officials have received a new video of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that they believe was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive.

The video came to light several days ago, said one senior defense official. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos, showing the signs of his nearly five years in captivity.

Bergdahl, who is from Idaho, was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. It is believed he is being held somewhere in Pakistan.

The Taliban have said they would free him in exchange for several of their most senior operatives who are being detained at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

In a statement, Bergdahl's family said that they learned Wednesday about the video.

"Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible," the statement said. "As we have done so many times over the past four and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father. Bowe - If (you) see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!"

The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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juscasting wrote:
May God be with him.....BTW his unit patch shows 25th ID Div and his rank is Private First Class.
on January 15,2014 | 12:37PM
SchofieldSoldier wrote:
Concur with you regarding God being with him.....hopefully he is home sooner than later. BTW Soldiers in POW or MIA status, continue to get promoted, so yes he was a PFC in 2009 when the photo was taken, since it is now 2014 he has now been promoted to SGT. Additionally he is wearing a 25th ID patch because he was assigned to 4th BDE (ABN) 25th ID at Fort Richardson Alaska, There are two 25th ID brigades in AK, the 1st and 4th. God Speed SGT Bergdahl
on January 15,2014 | 02:37PM
Tarakian wrote:
White House, please make his return a priority. No prisoner exchange. Call in Seal team 6. May the Sgt. make his peace with God.
on January 15,2014 | 02:36PM
false wrote:
Yes, God be with him and let's get him back safe. One question. What the heck is the U.S. doing there in the first place?
on January 15,2014 | 02:52PM
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