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NATO has confirmed that two navy soldiers went missing Friday. The US servicemen apparently left their base in Kabul and never came back. Taliban claims to western media that they've kidnapped them, and one Afghan official says it's possible there were three US soldiers who met up with a gang of ten taliban, and that one has been killed. Anyway I try to picture it, it's a horrible scenario....
An ISAF led manhunt goes on up and down eastern Afghanistan...helicopters, local radio broadcasts going haywire and hot with reward offers and requests for information.....but the situation has already raised questions. One being that the missing soldiers went out in only one vehicle, no convoy, which seems to be against protocal. Would anyone know if that was an unsual scenario for navy personnel? I think they were at Camp Julian. Would that even be a plausible thing for them to do? I'm just curious. Thanks.
Last month was the deadliest month so far in Afghanistan, but with five more soldiers killed Saturday in southern Afghanistan, July is gearing up to exceed June. Terrible.
Very sad, our son (who is in the 173rd) called us on Sunday to tell us they had been patroling like crazy looking for these guys. He sounded exhausted on the phone, and said they were getting a couple of hours of sleep, something to eat, and then going out again. Our thoughts are with the families of these men!
Did you see this? What point are they trying to prove?....that they had the upperhand..obviously there is no GOD in these people who kill needlessly..no conscience..no regard for the worth of life....All this God sees....to the parents of these very young men and the lives left to carry on without them....my greatest condolence...such tragedy....my heart breaks for these....
Catch up with you later Abigail......
2nd Missing Sailor's Body Found In Afghanistan
by The Associated Press
July 29, 2010
A second U.S. Navy sailor who went missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found dead and his body recovered, a senior U.S. military official and Afghan officials said Thursday.
The family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, a 25-year-old from the Seattle area, had been notified of his death, the U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity, because he was not authorized to disclose the information.
Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley went missing Friday in Logar province. NATO recovered the body of McNeley — a 30-year-old father of two from Wheatridge, Colo. — in the area Sunday.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The Associated Press in Kabul on Thursday that two days ago the Taliban left the "body of a dead American soldier for the U.S. forces" to recover. The Taliban said McNeley was killed in a firefight, and insurgents had captured Newlove. Mujahid offered no explanation for Newlove's death.
NATO officials have not offered an explanation as to why the two service members were in such a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan.
The sailors were instructors at a counterinsurgency school for Afghan security forces, according to senior military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the case. The school was headquartered in Kabul and had classrooms outside the capital, but they were never assigned anywhere near where McNeley's body was recovered, officials said.
The chief of police of Logar province, Gen. Mustafa Mosseini, said coalition troops removed Newlove's body about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. An anti-terrorism official in Logar province, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the case, also said coalition forces had recovered a body.
Mosseini said he believed the body washed downstream after rains Tuesday night.
He noted that in the past several days, the Taliban were being pressured by coalition forces in the area.
"The security was being tightened," Mosseini said. "Searches continued from both air and the ground. Militants were moving into Pakistan."
Mohammad Rahim Amin, the local government chief in Baraki Barak district, also said coalition forces recovered a body about 5:30 p.m. and flew it by helicopter to a coalition base in Logar province, about 40 miles away.
"The coalition told our criminal police director of the district that the body belonged to the foreign soldier they were looking for," Amin said.