The Islamist militants’ spokesman Qare Yousuf told Reuters by telephone from
an undisclosed location that they had recovered the bodies of the drowned
soldiers on Wednesday in the western Badghis province.
The province’s police chief, Abdul Jabar, said the two service-members were
Americans, who drowned in a river after arriving in the area during a
gunbattle on Wednesday.
“We continue exhaustive search and rescue operations to locate our missing
service members. We are doing everything we can to find them,” said US Navy
Captain Jane Campbell, a press officer for the Nato-led force.
“The families of these service members have been notified about their loved
ones’ status, and we will continue to keep them informed as information
The force did not identify the nationality of the missing service members.
Troops from more than 40 nations are members of the nearly 110,000-strong
Nato-led force, two-thirds of them American. The biggest contingents
operating in the west of the country are from the United States and Italy.
Reports of missing troops in Afghanistan are extremely rare. A US soldier has
been missing in the south since late June. Insurgents say they are holding
him, and US forces in the area launched a massive manhunt.
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