Taliban Releases Video of Captured U.S. Soldier

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The Taliban have released a video of A U.S. soldier who's been held prisoner by the militant group since last June.

The man has been identified by the group as Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl, the only known American serviceman in captivity.

Bergdahl, who was serving with a unit based in Fort Richardson, Alaska, vanished five months after his arrival in Afghanistan at the age of 23.

The seven-minute video shows the bearded captive pleading for his release. The Site Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist Web sites, made the video available.

"The pain in my heart to see my family again doesn't get any smaller," Bergdahl pleaded. "Release me. Please, I'm begging you, bring me home."

According to Lt. Col. Tim Marsano of the Idaho National Guard, the soldier's family was not yet aware of the video.

"The community has definitely not forgotten Bowe Bergdahl, and the family continues to appreciate the support," said Marsano.

"It's been a difficult nine months," he continued. "With the support of family, friends and community members, they are doing as well as anyone could expect in this kind of situation."

There's no way to verify when the footage was taken or if Bergdahl is still alive.

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