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U.S. in Quandary Over Plight of Bowe Bergdahl

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(CNN) Conflicting policies: No negotiating with terrorists versus no soldier left behind -- That's the quandary the United States faces in the plight of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

The soldier has been held by insurgents in Pakistan since 2009, and now, sensitive discussions with overseas contacts are under way to secure his release, a U.S. official says. Bergdahl is the lone U.S. soldier held in captivity.

With the long war in Afghanistan winding down, the plight of Bergdahl has left the U.S. government trying to reconcile those two longstanding credos in a bid to win the freedom of the only American solider held as a captive.

Bergdahl has been held by insurgents in Pakistan since 2009. Extremely sensitive discussions are under way with intermediaries overseas to see if there is any ability to gain his release, a U.S. official told CNN on Tuesday.

The official declined to be identified due to the nature of the discussions, which are being led by U.S. diplomats, although the Defense Department is also involved. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby declined comment, but Bergdahl's family welcomed the news in a statement on Tuesday. "We applaud the unity of purpose and resolve at the White House and the other U.S. government agencies involved," the Bergdahls said. "We thank all involved for this renewed effort and we hope everyone takes this opportunity seriously. We are cautiously optimistic these discussions will lead to the safe return of our son after more than four and a half years in captivity."

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