US officials have received a new video of captured Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl they believe was taken within the last month, showing that the soldier is alive.
The video came to light several days ago, said one senior defence official. Another said that Bergdahl appeared in poorer health than previous videos, showing the signs of his nearly five years in captivity.
In a statement, Bergdahl's family said: "Naturally, this is very important to us and our resolve to continue our efforts to bring Bowe home as soon as possible.
"As we have done so many times over the past four and a half years, we request his captors to release him safely so that our only son can be reunited with his mother and father.
"Bowe - If (you) see this, continue to remain strong through patience. Your endurance will carry you to the finish line. Breathe!"