Awful news out of Afghanistan….a soldier has been captured by the Taliban:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2009
Release Number 20090207-01
KABUL, Afghanistan – A U.S. Soldier, who has been missing since June 30th from his assigned unit, is now believed to have been captured by militant forces. We are exhausting all available resources to ascertain his whereabouts and provide for his safe return.
We are not providing any further details at this time in order to protect the welfare of the Soldier.
KABUL — Insurgents have captured an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan, the US military said Thursday.
Spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias said the soldier went missing Tuesday.
“We are using all of our resources to find him and provide for his safe return,” Mathias said.
Mathias did not provide details on the soldier, the location where he was captured or the circumstances.
Prayers are with him and for his quick rescue because I damn well know he is not being treated like a Gitmo prisoner.
As Mata noted in the comments unconfirmed reports are that the soldier wandered off the base which is just wacky. No way this happens accidentally since you need to be cleared to go off base in war zone:
Military officials in Afghanistan, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation, said the missing soldier appears to have walked off his base into an unsecured area.
A U.S. official in Afghanistan said the soldier’s absence was discovered when he did not show up for morning formation. It is highly unusual for a U.S. soldier to leave a military base unaccompanied by other American troops.~~~
“Our leaders have not decided on the fate of this soldier.” the AFP quoted the Haqqani commander, identified only as Bahram, as saying. “They will decide on his fate and soon we will present video tapes of the coalition soldier and our demand to media.”
While the AFP report quoted the Haqqani commander as saying that the soldier was captured with three Afghan “guards,” the U.S. official said the Afghanis who reportedly were seized do not appear to have been soldiers.
Captured with three non-military Afghan’s? Just wacky.
Either way, the soldier is missing and our prayers are with him and his family