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Media Reports Taliban Capture Of GI

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From a loose-lipped CNN:

Taliban capture U.S. soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan (CNN) — A U.S. soldier has been captured by militants in Afghanistan, the U.S. military and the Taliban said Thursday.

The unidentified soldier has been missing since Tuesday. U.S. forces are exhausting all resources to find the soldier, the military said.

"We are not providing any further details at this time, in order to protect the welfare of the soldier," a military statement said.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the abduction. The U.S. soldier was kidnapped along with three Afghan soldiers, Taliban commander Mulvi Sangeen said.

The U.S. soldier visited a military post in the Yousaf Khel district and got drunk, Sangeen said. He was ambushed while returning to his car and was taken to a safe place, Sangeen said.

CNN could not independently verify Sangeen’s claims.

A source with the U.S. military denied the claim that the soldier was drunk.

"The Taliban are known for lying and what they are claiming are not true," the source said.

The soldier’s family has been informed, the military said.

Our watchdog media suppressed the story of the New York Times reporter’s kidnapping by the Taliban.

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But when it is a US soldier, not only does our watchdog media decide not to suppress this news, but they claim he was caught because he was drunk.

What media bias?


And now we have this from the Associated Press, via the shameless hypocrites at the aforementioned New York Times:

U.S. Soldier Captured in Afghanistan

July 2, 2009

KABUL (AP) — An American soldier, who disappeared after walking off his base in eastern Afghanistan with three Afghan counterparts, is believed captured, officials said Thursday.

Spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias said the soldier disappeared Tuesday.

”We understand him to be have been captured by militant forces. We have all available resources out there looking for him and hopefully providing for his safe return,” Mathias said.

Mathias did not provide details on the soldier, the location where he was captured or the circumstances

”We are not providing further details to protect the soldier’s well-being,” she said…

The soldier was noticed missing during a routine check of the unit on Tuesday and was first listed as ”duty status whereabouts unknown,” a U.S. defense official said on condition of anonymity.

It wasn’t until Thursday that officials said publicly that he was missing and described him as ”believed captured.” Details of such incidents are routinely held very tightly by the military as it works to retrieve a missing or captured soldier without giving away any information to captors.

Initial reports indicated that the soldier was off duty at the time he went missing, having just completed a shift, the official said on condition of anonymity because details are still sketchy

You see, the Associated Press got an anonymous official to leak them the details off the record.

Hypocrisy – from the AP and the New York Times?

The hell you say.

(Thanks to Howard Roark for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 2nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Media Reports Taliban Capture Of GI”

  1. catie says:

    Well, I will pray for him and his family. Of course the news don’t care, it’s Barry’s war now. Even deaths are not “celebrated” as they were during the Bush administration. It’s not a big deal to these fools if Soldiers die or not anymore. Not that it ever was, it’s just a political means to an end for these fools.

  2. Howard Roark says:

    Great point about the MSM news suppression when one of their own right-thinking, liberal-bred, anti-war reporters gets captured by the enemy, but when it’s just some American GI who probably came from a West Virginia family of Bible-totin’ Neanderthals they have no reason to worry about the safety of his life.

    UPDATE: The NYT decided to run this story, sans the claim of drunkenness, but still revealing their callous disregard of the same safety they “heroically” showed for one of their own: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2009/07/02/world/AP-AS-Afghan-US-Soldier-Captured.html

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    I thought it was illegal to get drunk in an Islamic country?

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