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DOD has new video of US soldier held captive since 2009

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has received a new video of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured during his deployment to Afghanistan in 2009, a defense official told Stars and Stripes on the condition of anonymity.

The so-called “proof of life” video of Bergdahl, 27, appears to have been made recently, said the official, who would not specify exactly when the material was received or how it was obtained.

Bergdahl, the only U.S. prisoner of war, is thought to be held by the Haqqani network in Pakistan.

“We’ve been working everyday since 2009 to secure his release,” the official said.

A Pentagon spokeswoman said she could not discuss details of the effort to bring the Idaho native home, but said it is a whole-of-government effort.

“Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has been gone far too long, and we continue to call for and work toward his safe and immediate release,” said Cmdr. Elissa J. Smith. “We cannot discuss all the details of our efforts, but there should be no doubt that on a daily basis — using our military, intelligence and diplomatic tools — we try to see Sgt. Bergdahl returned home safely. Our hearts are with the Bergdahl family.”

His captors have released a number of videos of Bergdahl in captivity, starting in July 2009, but the last was more than three years ago. The Taliban have offered to free Bergdahl in exchange for the release of several Taliban prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. 

carroll.chris@Stripes.com
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