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Taliban release photo of captured U.S. serviceman’s identification

July 25, 2010

Inteltrends.

The search continues for two missing servicemen in Afghanistan.

Voice of America, in an article yesterday, reports that two U.S. sailors went missing from their base. The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Afghanistan confirms two servicemen departed from their base near Kabul in a vehicle on Friday and have not returned. ISAF did not disclose the nationality of the personnel, however, Al Jazeera reports that U.S. officials told Associated Press that the servicemen are Americans.

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) media today released a photograph of the captured serviceman’s identification. The IEA press release reads as follows:

Missing American soldier in Mujahideen captivity
Sunday, 25 July 2010  20:29

[IEA Spokesman] Zabihullah Mujahid 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 a result one of the American invaders 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 [Bowe Bergdahl], an American invader, last year in Paktia who is still in Mujahideen captivity. [End.]

The governor of Afghanistan’s Logar province told Al Jazeera that “he believes the missing Americans work for a Provincial Reconstruction Team, a military-led development team. Samer Gul, the administrative head of Charkh district in Logar, said the Taliban noticed the soldiers when their vehicle passed through a market.”

At the time of this report Inteltrends is not aware of any subsequent ISAF press releases concerning this incident. Foreign media have alternately reported the captured personnel as either “sailors” or “soldiers”.

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