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Originally published Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 1:53 PM

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Taliban release video of captured US soldier

A newly released Taliban video shows the only U.S. soldier held captive in the Afghan war being blindfolded and led away by an insurgent. It appears a portion of the same video was released months ago.

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WASHINGTON —

A newly released Taliban video shows the only U.S. soldier held captive in the Afghan war being blindfolded and led away by an insurgent. It appears a portion of the same video was released months ago.

The SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks militant websites, says the video released on jihadist forums Wednesday shows Spc. Bowe Bergdahl standing next to Sangin Zadran, a senior official in the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network in Paktika province. Sangin then blindfolds Bergdahl and leads him away.

The release is the fifth since Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, was captured in June 2009. The beginning portion - with Bergdhal just standing beside Sangin - was released in December.

Army spokesman Gary Tallman said officials are studying the video and agreed it appears old.

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