U.S. obtains 'proof of life' video of POW Bowe Bergdahl

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 7:50 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. officials say they have received a new video of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but it is not clear when the video was taken.

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A senior defense official says the “proof of life” video came to light several days ago, but there were no other details.

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

His family released the following statement Wednesday after learning of the video:

“Today we learned that a new video of our son, U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, has been distributed by his captors.  Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible.  As we have done so many times over the past 4 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!”

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

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

 

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