Face covered Taliban militants pose before they execute two Afghan women in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, on Saturday, July 12, 2008. Taliban fighters told Associated Press Television News that the two were executed for allegedly running a prostitution ring catering to U.S. soldiers and other foreign contractors at a U.S. base in Ghazni city. (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)
CAIRO (AP) - The Taliban are confirming that they're holding an
The U.S. military had said that a soldier was noticed missing
last week. The soldier was described as possibly being in enemy
hands. Details of such incidents are routinely held tightly by the
military, as it works to retrieve a missing or captured soldier
without giving away any information to captors.
At the end of an otherwise routine list of activities on the
Taliban's Web site, the group says "a drunken American soldier who
had come out of his garrison" was captured five days ago and "is
still with mujahedeen." The short message does not elaborate on
the soldier's whereabouts or the Taliban's plans for him. It also
does not provide any proof of its claim.
Two U.S. defense sources say the soldier "just walked off"
post with three Afghans after he finished working. They said they
had no explanation for why he left the base.