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HAILEY, Idaho. - Parents of a U.S. soldier captured in Afghanistan continue to plead for privacy as they cope with what they called an extremely difficult ordeal.

Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl was captured three weeks ago.

Circumstances surrounding the capture are still unclear.

Residents of his hometown of Hailey, Idaho are waiting and hoping.

President Obama told NBC's Meredith Vieira Monday that he and the military are working toward the return of the 23-year-old Army private.

Bergdahl remains in Taliban custody.

A propaganda video surfaced over the weekend showing the soldier appearing unharmed, but clearly under duress.

Bergdahl's family remains in seclusion.

Blaine County Idaho Sheriff Walt Femling spoke on their behalf.

"They want to be careful so that they don't do anything to inflame the situation," he told reporters.

Now the close knit community continues to hope and pray for Bergdhal's release.
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