GI's Family to Taliban: Please Release Our Son

Military says video may have been filmed months ago
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 25, 2009 1:55 PM CST

(Newser) – The family of an American soldier captured in Afghanistan 6 months ago "pleads with the captors to let our only son come home." Today's statement from the relatives of Pfc. Bowe Robert Bergdahl, 23, follows the release of a video in which Bergdahl speaks against the US war effort. A military spokesman said it was obviously coerced and called the Taliban's decision to release it on Christmas Day a "horrible act."

In the video, Bergdahl appears to be unharmed and says he's being treated humanely. But a US official says at least parts of it seem to have been filmed months ago, and it's therefore not being treated as a "proof-of-life" video, reports CNN. "To Bowe: we love you and we believe in you," says the family statement issued through the Idaho National Guard. "Stay strong."

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