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New Bowe Bergdahl Video Just Released
UPDATE: The Bergdahl family has released the following statement through the National Guard:
Bergdahl Family Statement:
“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!”
( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - CNN is reporting that a new video has been released showing Bowe Berghdahl. A U.S. Military official told CNN that Bowe looks to be in diminished health. The video appears to have been recorded on December 14, 2013 which indicates “proof of life” officials say. The video shows Sgt. Bergdahl making a reference to the recent death of South African leader Nelson Mandela.
The last time a video was released was three years ago.
Bowe is a Hailey Idaho native and a US Army Soldier who has been in the captivity of the Taliban since 2009.
Bergdahl was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. During his unit's normal deployment rotation to Afghanistan, he went missing on June 30, 2009, near the town of Yahya Khel in the Paktika Province, which is in the south-east of Afghanistan, right on the border to Pakistan. The area in which Bergdahl was captured is right next to Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
Idaho’s first news is working to obtain a copy of the video and will release further information as soon as we have it.