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New video shows Bowe Bergdahl alive

 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 last few days, said one official.

In the footage, Bergdahl refers to events within the last month, a sign that it was recorded recently, the official said. Compared with 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. More here.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.