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UPDATE: Family Of Captured Idaho Soldier Speaks Out

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U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Idaho family of captured U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is renewing their call for his release after the seeing a new video of him.
   
U.S. officials say they believe the video was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive after nearly five years of captivity.
   
A senior defense official said the video came to light several days ago. Another official said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos.
   
Bergdahl was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. It is believed he is being held somewhere in Pakistan.
   
The family released a statement asking that Bergdahl's captors "release him safely" so he can be reunited with his mother and father.
   
The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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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.
    
A senior defense official says the video came to light several days ago, but there were no other details.
    
Bergdahl, who is from Idaho, was taken prisoner in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. It is believed he is being held somewhere in Pakistan.
    
The Taliban have said they would free him in exchange for several of their most senior operatives who are being detained at the U.S. detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
    
The officials were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

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