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Ndnsoldierboy 07-25-2010 07:49 AM

Taliban says ambush kills 1 US sailor, 1 captured
Taliban says ambush kills 1 US sailor, 1 captured

By RAHIM FAIEZ, Associated Press Writer Rahim Faiez, Associated Press Writer – Sun Jul 25, 3:03 am ET
KABUL, Afghanistan – The Taliban have offered to exchange the body of a U.S. Navy member they said was killed in an ambush two days ago in exchange for
insurgent prisoners, an Afghan official said Sunday.

U.S. and NATO officials confirmed that two American Navy personnel went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar, after an armored sports utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area. Afghan officials believe one was killed and the other captured when they apparently took a wrong turn and ended up in a dangerous area of Logar.

Abdul Wali, the head of the provincial governing council, said local authorities responded to the Taliban offer by saying, "Let's talk about the one that is still alive." The insurgents said they would have to talk to superiors before making any deal.

Local media in Logar reported the Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on the two Americans. Officials told The Associated Press they have not been directly contacted by the insurgents.

The Taliban have an efficient public relations system and usually quickly call international and local media after attacks to claim responsibility. However, Taliban spokesmen have not responded to multiple calls from the AP seeking comment on the missing pair.

Friday's attack appeared to be spur of the moment, making it likely the militants are trying to decide how to spin the incident.

The two sailors left their compound in the Afghan capital, Kabul, in a vehicle Friday afternoon, but never returned, NATO said in a statement. Vehicles and helicopters were dispatched to search for them, and NATO launched appeals on local radio stations offering $10,000 rewards for information leading to the return of either one.

A NATO official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of search operations, confirmed the two were Navy personnel, but would not identify their unit to avoid jeopardizing search operations. The official said it was unclear what the two were doing or what would lead them to leave their compound. The official would not say whether the two were on official business.

Samer Gul, the chief of Logar's Charkh district, said a four-wheel drive armored sports utility vehicle was seen Friday night by a guard working for the district chief's office. The guard tried to flag down the vehicle, carrying a driver and a passenger, but it kept going, Gul said.

"They stopped in the main bazaar of Charkh district. The Taliban saw them in the bazaar," Gul said. "They didn't touch them in the bazaar, but notified other Taliban that a four-wheel vehicle was coming their way."

The second group of Taliban tried to stop the vehicle, but when it didn't, insurgents opened fire and the occupants in the vehicle shot back, he said.

"Charkh district is very dangerous. No government officials or employees are willing to go to that area," said Wali, the provincial council official. He said there is a well-paved road that goes in the direction of Charkh and suggested the Americans may have mistaken that for the main highway — which is a much older and more dilapidated road.

The only U.S. service member known to be in Taliban captivity is Spc. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who disappeared June 30, 2009, in neighboring Paktika province, an area heavily infiltrated by the Haqqani network, which has deep links to al-Qaida. He has since appeared on videos posted on Taliban websites confirming his captivity.

New York Times reporter David Rohde was also kidnapped in Logar province while trying to make contact with a Taliban commander. He and an Afghan colleague escaped in June 2009 after seven months in captivity, most of it spent in Taliban sanctuaries in Pakistan.

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I don't know if these guys are SEAL's, Corpsman, or SeaBees...but you never, roll out the wire by yourself in a warzone...this ain't some stupid Arnold movie or Rambo garbage...this the real deal...Hope they are found SOON.

Ndnsoldierboy 07-27-2010 04:27 PM

Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan; Taliban claims capture

A West Seattle sailor missing in Afghanistan is the target of a massive search, The Seattle Times reported on its website today.

The Taliban claim to be holding the sailor hostage, but that has not been confirmed by NATO officials.

The Seattle Times — at the request of Navy officials, who cite security concerns — is not naming the missing sailor.

The Seattle sailor and a second sailor left their Kabul base Friday for a trip to the Charkh District of Logar Province, where the Taliban have a strong presence.

The Taliban claim to have captured one of the men and killed the second.

NATO officials confirm that they have recovered the body of one of the sailors. Family members have identified him as Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley, 30, according to The Denver Post and North County Times, which covers California’s San Diego County and cited an e-mail by McNeley’s father’s, George McNeley.

While not confirming the second sailor is being held hostage, NATO officials released a statement Tuesday that said the coalition “holds the captors accountable for the safety and proper treatment of our missing service member.”

The missing sailor’s family declined to comment to reporters on Monday.

The search by Afghan and international forces also has resulted in the detention of six people who either were directly responsible for or accommodated the attack on the sailors, according to Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a NATO spokesman.

Ndnsoldierboy 08-01-2010 01:10 PM

found dead
Well, the last sailor missing was found dead, the report was he most likely died of his wounds. At least his family has closure now. :rip:

Grits & Beans 08-01-2010 02:53 PM

yes i heard they pulled him from a river. and now he can be honored with a proper burial.

thank a veteran when you see them, they have a hard job...

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