Taliban Threatens to Kill Captured American Soldier

By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 16, 2009 12:59 PM CDT
A US Chinook helicopter overflies Kabul on Wednesday. About 4,000 Marines began operations in Helmand this month, seeking to prevent the Taliban from disrupting the Aug. 20 presidential ballot.    (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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(Newser) – The Taliban says it will execute a captured American soldier if the US does not withdraw from two districts in southeastern Afghanistan, the Voice of America reports. A Taliban rep said today the soldier is healthy but will be killed if operations in Paktika and Ghazni continue. The fate of the soldier, whom the military has classified as "believed captured," will be decided by Taliban leader Mullah Omar, the AP adds.