Taliban Says It Captured 2 US Troops

No confirmation yet from American authorities
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Suggested by UrUndretaker
Posted Jul 24, 2010 12:21 PM CDT
U.S. Army soldiers stand guard in the volatile Arghandab Valley, Kandahar, Afghanistan, Saturday, July 24, 2010.   (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

(Newser) – The Taliban says it has captured two American soldiers in Afghanistan, Reuters reports. No official confirmation has come from NATO or US forces, but a Reuters correspondent heard a local radio broadcast offering a $20,000 reward for information about their whereabouts. A Taliban spokesman said three servicemen from NATO's International Security Assistance Force were initially captured in southern Logar province, but one had died.

A district chief in the Afghan province tells the Guardian that the American soldiers ignored warnings about traveling in the Taliban-held area. "They didn't pay any attention to the police," he said. "Otherwise we could have kept them from going into an insecure area and now this unfortunate incident has happened." One American is known to be held by the Taliban, Bowe Bergdahl of Idaho. For more on him, click here.)

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