2 American NATO Troops Missing in Afghanistan

Western region has seen a recent uptick in violence
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2009 11:44 AM CST
British soldiers in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Two NATO soldiers have been missing in Western Afghanistan since Wednesday after a routine supply mission went awry. “We continue exhaustive search and rescue operations to locate our missing service members,” a NATO spokesperson tells the BBC. “We are doing everything we can to find them.” That part of Afghanistan has recently seen a rise in violence, notably roadside bombs.

NATO troops in western Afghanistan are predominantly Italian and American. The British government confirmed that the missing are US soldiers, but the Pentagon refused to confirm that, CNN reports. “The families of these service members have been notified about their loved ones' status,” a spokesperson says.