Skip to comments.Taliban: 1 U.S. sailor dead, other captured
Posted on 07/25/2010 7:52:29 AM PDT by kbennkc
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The Taliban have offered to exchange the body of a U.S. Navy sailor they said was killed in an ambush two days ago in exchange for insurgent prisoners, an Afghan official said Sunday.
U.S. and NATO officials confirmed that two American Navy personnel went missing Friday in the eastern province of Logar after an armored sport utility vehicle was seen driving into a Taliban-held area.
In a telephone interview Sunday with the Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the pair drove into an area under insurgent control, prompting a brief gunfight in which one American was killed and the other was captured. He said both were taken to a "safe area" and "are in the hands of the Taliban."
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I hope the stories are true and it leads to development and prosperity for the Afghans. I fear the stories are a cynical hoax to convince some there is something in that hell hole worth fight for, played by the same rats who claimed President Bush was waging war for oil.
Any word on the identity of the sailors? Or their rank and rates?
From the details of what happened, I'm guessing they weren't corpsmen or special warfare. They were probably Individual Augmentee (IA). There's a lot of this these days. IA sailors are ones that for whichever bit of bad luck came their way, they were selected to go to Iraq or, most commonly these days, Afghanistan. Prior to deployment, they're sent off to Ft. Bliss or some other INCONUS training installation and given a very abbreviated lesson in soldiering. Then it's off to Afghanistan were they provide behind the lines administrative support that frees up the Army and Marines for combat duties.
As far as I know, no IA sailors have been KIA yet. Navy combat deaths have tended to be limited to corpsman and special warfare but I could be wrong. This might be a first.
The IA’s usually train at Ft. Lewis, WA depending on what their mission “in-theater” is going to be.
The Chinese, if we aren’t careful...
We had one in our command train at Ft. Bliss and another at Ft. Bragg. Looks like there are many installations that provide IA training according to the Navy IA website.
We have a Navy Det here at Lewis who works with us when we have Navy units coming through (mostly Gitmo and Medical teams for Centcom)...we give them hell for that snazzy blue camo uni they wear ;)
You’re right though, others do go through Bliss and Benning I think.
Don't laugh! The new NWU allows us to hide in the ocean! LOL!
Of course, I'll never complain about any uniform that I can wear straight from the dryer.
IOW...bring them home now.
It should be remembered that the Soviets killed a million Afghans. Look where that got 'em.
Track them back to their hide outs and exterminate with extreme prejudice.
I’m torn...as an ‘old-timer’ I think we look like duffle bags (sea bags to you), but it sure is nice not starching uni’s, and polishing boots!
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