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article image2 U.S troops captured in Afghanistan

By Tar De Moutonnoir     Jul 24, 2010 in Politics
Kabul - NATO is confirming Afghan intelligence reports that two service members who had gone missing in Afghanistan Friday are in fact American.
According to Reuters, the two men departed from their base in kabul by vehicle Friday afternoon but failed to return.
ISAF released a statement confirming the capture of the soldiers and adding that forces have been sent to find them.
Two International Security Assistance Force service members departed their compound in Kabul City in a vehicle on Friday afternoon and did not return.
The unit dispatched vehicles and rotary-winged assets to search for them and their vehicle, and the search is ongoing.
The Taliban has since confirmed that they have captured both men, claiming a third man had also been killed during the seizure.
A local radio station reported the news offering a $20,000 reward from ISAF for any information on the missing men.
Early this morning two coalition personnel went missing. They are believed to have been captured by insurgents somewhere in Logar province, the broadcast said.
They may have been separated from one another or may be in the process of being moved to another location.
Coalition forces are offering $20,000 reward for any information that leads to the successful return of these two.
The names of the two men have yet to be released but would bring the total number of ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) members held by the Afghan insurgent group to 3.
In July on 2009, the Taliban captured Bowe Bergdahl, an Idaho National Guardsman.
CNN aired a video released by the Taliban of the then 23-year-old in which Bergdahl states that he is frightened .
The events that precipitated the capture are unclear with the Taliban saying he had been taken after straying off base drunk, an account U.S sources have denied.
The conflict has intensified considerably in recent years resulting in mounting foreign troop casualties.
According to MSNBC five more troops were killed today in explosions in the south and east of the country.
icasualties.org, a website that tabulates Afghan war casualties, reports that July was the deadliest month for NATO in the 9-year war with 102 troops killed including 60 Americans.
The escalating conflict has also meant an increase in Afghan casualties as Taliban forces and their allies have felt emboldened in their fight to evict NATO forces.
The U.S recently replaced its commander in Afghanistan, Stanely McChrystal, after a scandal involving a Rolling Stone magazine article in which he was quoted directly criticizing President Obama's Afghan policy.
He was replaced by General David Petraeus who according to the Guardian, has since scraped plans for a for a huge Summer assault of the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar province and gone with a different strategy.
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