Thursday, July 16, 2009

Taliban Threatens to Kill U.S. Soldier Captured in Afghanistan

Via FoxNews (AP) -

A spokesman for a Taliban commander says a captured U.S. soldier will be executed unless the U.S. military stops operations in two districts of southeastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban said last week they were holding the soldier. The U.S. military earlier said he went missing and may be in enemy hands.

Abdullah Jalali, spokesman for Taliban commander Mawlavi Sangin, told The Associated Press on Thursday the soldier was healthy but threatened to kill him unless the U.S. stops airstrikes in Ghazni province's Giro district and Paktika province's Khoshamand district.

Jalali says Giro has been heavily bombed by international forces but did not otherwise explain why they chose those areas.

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