Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Video of Bowe Bergdahl Confirmed By Family, Military

Posted By on Wed, Jan 15, 2014 at 12:52 PM

The family of Idaho native U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has confirmed that the U.S. military has received a new video of their son, distributed by his captors.

Bergdahl went missing in June 2009 and is believed to be held by the Taliban, presumably somewhere in Pakistan.

A U.S. military official told CNN this morning that the new video shows Bergdahl "in diminished health from the effects of close to five years in captivity."

The new video reportedly has a reference to Dec. 14, 2013.

"Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible," the Bergdahl family said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a Pentagon spokesman said the military couldn't discuss the details of any negotiations or rescue efforts.

"Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been gone far too long, and we continue to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release," the spokesman told CNN. "There should be no doubt that on a daily basis — using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools — we work to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely."

Bergdahl was 23 when he was captured after finishing a guard shift at a combat outpost .

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