Monday, July 6, 2009

Wire: Taliban Confirms Capture of US Soldier

Off the Wire

Off the Wire:

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2009 -- Newswire services this evening reported that a Taliban Web site says that it has captured a missing U.S. soldier American authorities had earlier said may have been kidnapped.

The report of the capture was last in a routine list of Taliban activities posted on the Web site.

"It is to be said that five days ago, a drunken American soldier who had come out of his garrison named Malakh, was captured by mujahedeen... He is still with mujahedeen," said the report.

The short message did not elaborate on his whereabouts or their plans for him, nor did it provide any proof of its claim, the Associate Press reported.

The U.S. military earlier said it had intercepted communications in which insurgents talked about holding an American.

The soldier was noticed missing during a routine check of the unit on Tuesday and first was listed as "duty status whereabouts unknown."

His body armor and weapon were found on the base.

This is a developing story.

(Report from newswire sources.)

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