July 26, 2010

Report: US Soldier Taken Hostage by Taliban

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It's a couple of days old, but I don't see much being reported on this. We pray for his immediate release. ISAF:

–Two International Security Assistance Force servicemembers departed their compound in Kabul City in a vehicle on Friday afternoon and did not return.

The unit dispatched vehicles and rotary-winged assets to search for them and their vehicle, and the search is ongoing. Details will be released as they become available.

The Taliban, for their part, claim they've killed one of the soldiers but that they are holding the other one hostage.

The Taliban:

Zabihullah Mujahideen reached by telephone said Saturday the American invaders vehicle got confronted with Mujahideen ambush in Dasht Kala area of Charkh district, Logar when Mujahideen tried to stop the enemy vehicle, the occupants of the vehicles opened firing as aresult one of the American invader was killed in the shootouts, whereas the other American soldier was captured who was taken to an unknown place.

When Zabihullah was asked about the aerial and ground searches to locate the missing American soldier, Mujahid said as the captive was taken to a safe place the search may be in vain.

It would be worthwhile to mention that last Mujahideen captured Burg Dall, an American invader, last year in Paktia who is still in Mujahideen captivity.

The image posted above was also included in the Taliban version of events. But what is odd about it is that I believe it's a poster put up by the ISAF offering a $20,000 reward for information on the whereabouts of the man shown.

So, if the Taliban really are holding this man hostage, then why haven't they mentioned a name? Usually a name is the first thing they tell the world, along with pictures of the man's photo ID to prove that they really have him.

So, I'm a little bit skeptical about the claim. Why don't we see images of the hostage's ID? Or a video in which he's forced to make outrageous demands in return for his life? This seems a bit odd to me, not the normal Taliban fare.

The ISAF has only stated that the two men are missing and that their vehicle was found empty. We also know they were working for a provincial reconstruction team and that they.

Does any one know who this soldier is? I'd be interested in putting a name with the face so that we can include that in our prayers for him and his family as well.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 04:28 PM | Comments |