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Taliban may release video of Bergdahl

From the COLLECTION: 10 years of Bowe Bergdahl Stories series

Little known of Hailey soldier's whereabouts after being captured in Afghanistan in June

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HAILEY — Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the Hailey soldier captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan on June 30, may be the subject of a new video the terrorist organization plans to release.

SITE Intelligence Group, a U.S.-based terrorist tracking organization, said the media arm of the Afghan Taliban announced Wednesday on its Web site it will release a video of an unnamed American soldier. Bergdahl, 23, is the only soldier known to be in Taliban captivity.

Unknown is exactly when the Taliban plans to release the video.

The Taliban released a video of him two weeks after his June capture, but there has been little word of Bergdahl since. U.S. military officials have searched for Bergdahl, but it is not publicly known whether he is being held in Afghanistan or neighboring Pakistan.

Idaho National Guard Lt. Tim Marsano, who has released statements from Bergdahl’s family, said the family and the military are waiting for the video to appear.

“The last time there was a video, on July 18, we got hours worth of notice, but who’s to say if this is going to follow this same pattern,” Marsano said. “Everybody involved is sort of standing by and hopeful that we’ll see something positive.”

Other spokespeople for the family, including the owners and employees at Zaney’s River Street Coffee in Hailey, have declined to comment on the situation.

According to the Associated Press, the title of the video to be released is “One of Their People Testified,” which Marsano called “cryptic.”

In the July video, Bergdahl is shown with a shaved head and facial stubble, eating a meal. He described being afraid he will never see his family again, and said, “Please, please bring us home so we can be back where we belong, and not over here wasting our time and our lives.” It is unclear whether anything Bergdahl said in that video was scripted or prompted by his captors.

In Washington, Defense Department press secretary Geoff Morrell declined to give any details on any rescue efforts under way or information about Bergdahl’s whereabouts. “Ever since Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl went missing, it has been a top priority for our forces, particularly in (the) East to find him, recover him, bring him home safely,” he told a Pentagon press conference. “And that remains the case today.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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