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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.
Hello Abigail...You are welcome....I hope they find them soon but the Taliban is swinging them as bait..I am so looking forward to a world without all this wickedness...
By Joshua Partlow
Washington Post staff writer
Monday, July 26, 2010; 4:33 PM
The two U.S. Navy sailors who went missing Friday afternoon left a base on the outskirts of Kabul called Camp Julien, which houses NATO's counter-insurgency academy, and might have taken a wrong turn that sent them toward Logar province, according to NATO officials.
Although NATO still characterizes both men as missing, Afghan officials, along with a Taliban spokesman, said one of them was killed during a shootout with insurgents in the dangerous Charkh district of Logar. Their disappearance has prompted a vast manhunt in Logar, as both U.S. and Afghan troops are searching cars and houses for the Americans.
After the apparent killing of one American and the abduction of another, NATO has tightened its security. Now U.S. military personnel are prohibited from driving alone and must travel in at least two vehicle convoys, NATO officials said.
The circumstances of why the two sailors drove into Logar, or which unit they were a part of, remain undisclosed. Logar borders Kabul to the south, but it is a lengthy drive and is unclear why the sailors would not have turned around if they were lost.
Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on a visit to Kabul that their trip appeared to be an "unusual circumstance."
Did you catch this on the news? Too little too late.....The soldier killed was supposed to have returned home this August....so close..yet so far.....regrettably...so long Abigail..don't be too sad....Clare
NATO: 1 missing sailor killed in Afghanistan
By: HEIDI VOGT
07/27/10 4:10 PM PDT
KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — One of two U.S. sailors missing in Afghanistan since last week — a 30-year-old father of two — has been confirmed dead and his body recovered, a NATO spokesman said Tuesday.
The search continues for the other missing sailor, said Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale, a spokesman for NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
The two Navy personnel went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar, after an armored sport utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area. The Taliban have said they killed one of the two men in a firefight, captured the other and are holding him in a "safe place" where he will not be found.
In a statement, the NATO-led command said the body was recovered Sunday after an extensive search and that the coalition "holds the captors accountable for the safety and proper treatment of our missing service member."
NATO officials were unable to say what the two service members were doing 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 the body of the sailor was recovered, the officials said.
The Pentagon identified the dead sailor as Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley, 30, of Wheatridge, Colorado, and the missing sailor as Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, 25, of Renton, Washington. The Pentagon listed Newlove's whereabouts as unknown and is not confirming he was captured.
Jim Kerr, a Colorado legislator from the Denver suburb of Littleton, said McNeley was his wife's nephew. McNeley was from Colorado but moved to Kingman, Arizona, in 2004, three years after he joined the U.S. Navy. His mother lives in Kingman and his father is a fire official in Encinitas, California.
Kerr told The Denver Post that McNeley, a noncommissioned officer and father of two sons, was due to return to the U.S. in August.The only other American service member in Taliban captivity is Spc. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, who disappeared June 30, 2009, in Paktika province, also in eastern Afghanistan. That area is heavily infiltrated by the Haqqani network, which has deep links to al-Qaida. Bergdahl has since been shown in Taliban videos online.
New York Times reporter David Rohde was also kidnapped in Logar province while trying to meet 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.
Hundreds of fliers, with reprinted photos of the two sailors, have been distributed throughout Logar province where NATO troops were stopping and searching vehicles. NATO has offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the surviving sailor's location.
Separately in Afghanistan, Britain's Ministry of Defense said Tuesday that a British soldier, who was serving with a task force working to counter homemade bombs, died Monday in a blast in the Sangin district of Helmand province in what may have been a case of "friendly fire."
The ministry said a smoke screen was requested to allow the soldiers to work safely, and "it is believed that one of the smoke shells may have fallen short of its intended target."
Also in the south, insurgents launched two rockets that struck the Zabul provincial governor's house Tuesday night, according to the governor's spokesman Mohammad Jan Rasoolyar. The governor escaped injury, but one girl was killed and two other children were injured, he said. A third rocket missed the house.
In the relatively peaceful northeastern province of Parwan, insurgents killed six Afghan construction workers and kidnapped a government official, NATO said.
The construction workers were driving through Siagerd district Monday when they came under fire from insurgents. Afghan police responded and drove back the militants, who kidnapped the district attorney general as they fled, NATO said.
Taliban insurgents regularly target civilians they see as complicit with the government, including those working on government-funded projects like roads and public buildings.
While the deputy provincial police chief confirmed that the dead were civilians, Faqir Ahmad said they comprised two families driving to nearby Bamiyan province for a vacation. Ahmad said two women and one child were among the dead. He did not have any information on whether there were construction workers involved.
Ahmad said the district official was released the same day through negotiations with insurgents.
Also in the east, a joint Afghan and coalition force captured a midlevel Taliban commander Monday night in Paktika province, NATO said. According to the coalition, the commander operates mainly in Mata Khan, planning bomb attacks on coalition convoys. Ammunition, bomb-making equipment and a bag of Pakistani, Afghan and U.S. cash were found at the scene, NATO said.
In neighboring Paktia province, a joint force carried out multiple precision strikes against a senior commander of the al-Qaida-linked Haqqani network. NATO said it had not yet confirmed the death of the commander, who controls fighter camps in the area and is in regular contact with top Haqqani leadership across the border in Pakistan.
In other violence, the Afghan Interior Ministry said five militants were killed and 10 others were wounded Monday during a joint Afghan and international forces operation in Chardara district of Kunduz province in the north; and four militants were killed as they were planting a roadside bomb in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province in the south. The Afghan Defense Ministry said five militants were killed during a gunbattle with Afghan soldiers Monday in the Muqur district of Ghazni province in the east.
Associated Press writer Judith Kohler contributed to this report from Denver.
Good Morning....I hear what you are saying....I saw the second plane hit 9/11 and it was like a spear ramming through my gut....unbelievable things going on but never the less all these bear witness to the prophesies related through the Bible...it is the beginning of the end..when the good news is preached throughout the lands..then Armageddon will come when Jehovah God himself will sanctify His name and restore to the earth His original plan for a peaceful, holy life where no more wickedness will dwell...I am not a fanatic..it is my faith..what I believe...my hope....
Until then there will be wars and rumors of wars...unrest in all the land..there is nowhere that you find peace and security and all the peace talks are futile because man was never meant to govern themselves but the independent will of man created havoc and so here we are...I wonder how far ahead we would be if the first family had not screwed up....maybe we would really be 'beam me up Scotty'..who knows...
Prayer is a wonderful thing and most needed at this time...we have great men and women fighting for freedom in a place where most inhabitants absolutely despise them...when will we ever learn...until all is said and done...the weeping eyes of mothers, wives, children, fathers..the breakdown of families stressed from PTSD...obituaries of those so young who never lived long enough to enjoy the benefits of what they fought to achieve...
From the beginning..the garden of Eden until now....but it has to end sometime...otherwise humankind as we know it will be obliterated and all the snakes in the everglades will take over....there are now approximately thousands of them...and those are what they have monitored....if one of them can eat an alligator... I just got an idea....Why not gather all these reptiles and send them to the camps of the terrorists dropping them like food packages....they would be annihilated without anymore loss of our troops...send out those gigantic rats to sniff out bombs....WHY NOT...Anyway...it is past time for my medicines....the wonderful ailments I am plagued with reminded me..soooooo..I wish thee farewell.....have a great and prosperous day...so long Abigail...Clare