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U.S. launches push to gain release of soldier Bowe Bergdahl

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Army sergeant has been held by insurgents in Pakistan since 2009
  • Bergdahl is the lone U.S. soldier held in captivity
  • New discussions led by diplomats, but Pentagon involved as well

By Barbara Starr

CNN Pentagon Correspondent


The U.S. government is engaged in a new effort to negotiate the release of the lone American soldier held in captivity -- Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The push is fueled by concern over his health and the pending departure of most, if not all, U.S. troops from Afghanistan at the end of 2014.

A U.S. official said extremely sensitive discussions are underway with intermediaries overseas to see if there is any ability to gain his release. The official declined to be identified due to the nature of the discussions.

Bergdahl has been held by insurgents in Pakistan since 2009.

The discussions are being led by U.S. diplomats, although the Defense Department is also involved.
   
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