US Marine Killed, Another Captured by Taliban Fighters, Scores Killed
and Injured in Afghanistan, July 2, 2009
Marines say 1 killed in new Afghanistan offensive
AP, July 2, 2009
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. –
The Marine Corps says one Marine has been killed in fighting in
southern Afghanistan during a major offensive against Taliban fighters.
Capt. William Pelletier said the Marine died Thursday during the
fighting along the Helmand River valley. The victim wasn't immediately
Pelletier also said several others were injured or wounded but didn't
The Marines said about 4,000 troops, many from Camp
Lejeune, N.C., were involved in the offensive.
Fighters Capture American Soldier
Jul 2, 2009 8:00 am US/Pacific
CBS News -
U.S. Launches Major New Attack On Taliban; Military Confirms One
Serviceman Missing For 3 Days,
Say They May Consider Prisoner Swap
A Taliban commander told CBS News' Sami Yousafzai Thursday that
militants had captured one U.S. soldier and three Afghan nationals in
Paktika province, near the Pakistani border.
A U.S. military
spokesperson in Kabul confirms that one soldier has been missing in
Afghanistan since June 30.
Cpt. Elizabeth Mathias told CBS News
Thursday, "a U.S. serviceman has been missing in Afghanistan since 30th
June, it's believed the service person is being held by insurgents."
The Taliban commander, who spoke to Yousafzai via satellite
telephone from the region, said a group of
cornered the American soldier and his Afghan counterparts near a U.S.
military base and took them hostage.
He said the captives' fate
would be decided by Taliban leaders, but that the Islamic extremist
group would consider a prisoner swap.
"The case will be referred
to Sirajuddin Haqqani (senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan) and
other Taliban top leadership. They have to decide the future of the U.S.
soldier, but we would not mind a prisoner exchange in this case," the
commander told CBS News.
Paktika province sits along
Afghanistan's eastern border with Pakistan. The kidnapping comes just as
some 4,000 U.S. Marines begin a massive offensive operation in the
southern Helmand province to clear the Taliban stronghold of militants.
No further information was provided by the military on the
identity of the soldier who is missing, or where the individual was
According to information on
GlobalSecurity.org, the U.S. military operates a Forward Operating
Base in Paktika called Orgun-E, which "dramatically expanded in size" in
Prior to the expansion, the base was home to about
400 U.S. soldiers in 2003, according to GlobalSecurity.org. Orgun-E is
said to be one of about a half-dozen such Forward Operating Bases
maintained by the U.S. military along Afghanistan's mountainous eastern
border with Pakistan.
A senior Taliban commander later
publically claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in statements to
other media. CBS News' Khaled Wassef reports that the commander, Mullah
Sangeen Zadran, is known to be affiliated with the group's commander in
Afghanistan, Haqqani. Zadran is thought to be in charge of Paktika
Wassef reports that Zadran was reportedly targeted in
two U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas last month. Some
reports released on June 24 suggested that he had been killed during a
missile attack targeting a group of Taliban commanders, including the
head of the group's Pakistan branch Baitullah Mehsud, as they attended a
funeral in South Waziristan.
Zardan denied reports of his death
in the attack in telephone calls with a number of news agencies. He told
News, that he neither travelled to South Waziristan to attend the
funeral nor suffered any harm. He added that he would soon issue a video
statement to prove that he was safe.
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