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U.S. has video of captured U.S. soldier

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was 23 when he went missing in June 2009.

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was 23 when he went missing in June 2009.

A new video has surfaced of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, raising hope that the soldier captured in Afghanistan in 2009 is still alive.

U.S. officials confirmed Wednesday that the video exists and said they believe it is genuine.

The video came to light in the past few days, one official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter told the Los Angeles Times.

In the footage, Bergdahl refers to events within the past month, a sign that it was recorded recently, the official said.

Compared with the way he looked in previous videos, Bergdahl appeared to be in declining health, the official added.

"Not life-threatening," the official said. "He's been captive for (nearly) five years; it's showing."

The Idaho native was 23 when he went missing in June 2009 while serving in the eastern Afghan province of Paktika, near the border with Pakistan. He is believed to be held by the Taliban-allied Haqqani network.

U.S. has video of captured U.S. soldier 01/15/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:00pm]
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