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New York Times reporter escapes Taliban captivity
Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 6/20/2009 | Jason Straziuso

Posted on 06/20/2009 4:13:10 PM PDT by Pyro7480

A New York Times reporter known for making investigative trips deep inside dangerous conflict zones escaped from militant captors after more than seven months in captivity by climbing over a wall, the newspaper said Saturday.

David S. Rohde was abducted Nov. 10 along with an Afghan reporter colleague and a driver south of the Afghan capital, Kabul. He had been traveling through Logar province to interview a Taliban commander, but was apparently intercepted and taken by other militants on the way.

The Times reported that Rohde and Afghan reporter Tahi Ludin on Friday climbed over the wall of a compound where they were held captive in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan.

The two then found a Pakistani army scout, who led them to a nearby base, the Times said. On Saturday, the two were flown to the U.S. military base in Bagram, the Times reported....

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; davidrohde; davidsrohd; escape; globaljihad; hostages; jihad; journalist; kabul; ludin; newyorktimes; northwaziristan; nyt; pakistan; reporter; rohde; tahiludin; taleban; taliban; waziristan
Nicely done.
1 posted on 06/20/2009 4:13:11 PM PDT by Pyro7480
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To: Pyro7480
A New York Times reporter known for making investigative trips deep inside dangerous conflict zones escaped from militant captors after more than seven months in captivity by climbing over a wall, the newspaper said Saturday.

Hold the applause - it's a New York Times reporter. How can we be sure he wasn't being held by the U.S. Military, so he wouldn't pose a legitimate security risk to the USA?

2 posted on 06/20/2009 4:19:14 PM PDT by Yossarian (Everyday, somewhere on the globe, somebody is pushing the frontier of stupidity...)
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To: Pyro7480

Taken care in the end by the US military which is despised by the NYT. How fitting...


3 posted on 06/20/2009 4:19:48 PM PDT by max americana
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To: Yossarian

Or shacking up voluntarily with his taliban buddies.


4 posted on 06/20/2009 4:20:21 PM PDT by BykrBayb (I'm thinking of stealing floriduh voter's tagline ~ Þ)
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To: Pyro7480
An NYT reporter?

Thank Allah he's gone, Omar! I couldn't take one more day of 'Damn Cheney!' 'Damn Halliburton!' 'Damn Bush!'

5 posted on 06/20/2009 4:29:57 PM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (Michelle Obama, The Early Years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBYGxBlFOSU)
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To: Pyro7480

Yeah, right. The guys climbed over a wall and then just happened to find an army scout out there walking in the wilderness. The Times paid the ransom, and the reporters were allowed to “escape”.


6 posted on 06/20/2009 4:31:24 PM PDT by Krankor ("Quit talking about the eight men, or there's gonna be nine.")
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To: Byron_the_Aussie

“Thank Allah he’s gone, Omar! I couldn’t take one more day of ‘Damn Cheney!’ ‘Damn Halliburton!’ ‘Damn Bush!’”

Yeah and Change Change Change!


7 posted on 06/20/2009 4:32:02 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Zero the Wright kind of Racist! We are in a state of War with Democrats)
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To: Pyro7480
Escaped? I bet he just got tired of camping out with his buddies.
8 posted on 06/20/2009 4:40:30 PM PDT by Michael.SF. ("They're not Americans. They're liberals! "-- Ann Coulter, May 15, 2008)
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To: Pyro7480

SHOOT HIM! HE’S A SPY! I would have said this even if he hadn’t been “held captive” for 7 months.


9 posted on 06/20/2009 4:52:03 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Negromancer !!! RUN for your lives !!!)
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To: Pyro7480

Why would the Taliban want to capture a NYT’s reporter? He is on their side.


10 posted on 06/20/2009 4:53:53 PM PDT by TruthWillWin (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples money.)
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To: Pyro7480

Rohde: “Can’t we extend this “captivity” thing just a little longer?”

Omar the Taliban: “NO!! NO!!! By Allah, a thousand times NO!!! I learned a word today and it is LIBTARD. That is you! I hate you.. now, go escape or something. Just go away!!”


11 posted on 06/20/2009 4:57:21 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Impeach President Soros!!!)
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To: Pyro7480
escaped by climbing over a wall

Yeah .... right .... Bwaaahahahaha !

12 posted on 06/20/2009 5:20:46 PM PDT by layman (Card Carrying Infidel)
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To: Pyro7480

For some reason I don’t think we’re hearing the entire story.
The Taliban was probably paid off by the NY Times and it’s money I’m sure they were happy to donate to their favorite jihadis. I wouldn’t be surprised if this twerp actually went on a couple of raids against American forces with his buddies.


13 posted on 06/20/2009 5:58:33 PM PDT by Larry381 ("in the final instance civilization is always saved by a platoon of soldiers" Oswald Spengler)
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To: Larry381

Where did they get the money from?


14 posted on 06/20/2009 6:14:28 PM PDT by DWC (what do kids know about)
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To: DWC
Where did they get the money from?

President Thomas Whitmore: I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?

Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spend $20,000.00 on a hammer, $30,000.00 on a toilet seat do you?

From "Independence Day"

15 posted on 06/20/2009 7:01:58 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Negromancer !!! RUN for your lives !!!)
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To: Pyro7480
"We are very relieved that our New York Times colleague escaped safely, and this episode has ended happily," said AP Senior Managing Editor John Daniszewski. "It was an unusual and difficult news judgment to withhold reporting on his abduction, but our practice is to avoid transmitting stories if we believe they endanger someone's life." (emphasis added)

Unless, of course, during the Bush administration you were employed by the CIA and involved with prisoner interrogation at Guantanamo, then we’ll gladly splash your name all over our dying paper.

16 posted on 06/20/2009 7:08:34 PM PDT by caper gal 1 (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Pyro7480

Why did he leave them?

His wife probably couldn’t cash the check the Mullahs sent.


17 posted on 06/20/2009 7:10:24 PM PDT by NoLibZone (I swear by my life & my love of it, that I will never buy U.S.made goods again!- In Galts Vallley!)
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To: Pyro7480
So he climbed over the wall and left the driver behind?

Interesting choice.

Maybe the journalist found out what REAL torture is like? Or maybe he was compelled to to escape so he could hot foot it back to the NYT field office and write up a story about how the Taliban doesn't waterboard and how they even read him his Miranda rights!

I wonder if the driver is still alive now.

18 posted on 06/20/2009 7:53:26 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: layman

climbing over wall..hmmmm..so what was the guards doing while these two climbed over the wall? Was “The Three Stooges” on during their escape? How high was the wall? Climbing over wall is Hollywood stuff. Who is stupid enough to hold someone captive where the escapees can scale the wall?

I see a potential book deal and maybe Pulitzer prize for him.


19 posted on 06/20/2009 7:53:38 PM PDT by sennabanderas
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To: layman

climbing over wall..hmmmm..so what was the guards doing while these two climbed over the wall? Was “The Three Stooges” on during their escape? How high was the wall? Climbing over wall is Hollywood stuff. Who is stupid enough to hold someone captive where the escapees can scale the wall?

I see a potential book deal and maybe Pulitzer prize for him.


20 posted on 06/20/2009 7:55:35 PM PDT by sennabanderas
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To: Pyro7480
Who cares? He's from the NYT, he wouldn't get the story right, anyway.
21 posted on 06/20/2009 9:19:02 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason (The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Pyro7480
The article explains that he's been held captive since Bush was president but that it was decided not to go public with the story. I suspect that they were nervous about another Daniel Pearl situation. This guy apparently knew that his editors wouldn't have allowed him to go where he went.

He even looks similiar.

22 posted on 06/20/2009 9:38:57 PM PDT by Cinnamon Girl (G-d Bless President Bush. He kept us safe.)
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To: Pyro7480
New York Times reporter escapes Taliban captivity

oh ... baloney. A NY Slimes 'reporter' held 'captive'. No way.

He was prolly staying in a Hotel when not training as a Taliban spy. He was also prolly given a Taliban issue Pulitzer Prize for being an American Traitor.

Don't let him back in the US. Send him to Gitmo and water board the sheet out of him.

23 posted on 06/21/2009 5:49:30 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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The NYT's 'sat' on this story until full safety assured to these men who escaped. . .

Amazing decision; IMHO. . .guess; NYT's can be 'mindful' when it comes to protecting their own. All to say; we know anyone else is as likely 'damned' by their determined lack of discretion; when it comes to their news agenda.

(Though am inclined to answer 'no/not' here. . .cannot help but wonder if this reporter sees the world a bit 'differently' post his experience.)

24 posted on 06/21/2009 5:51:21 AM PDT by cricket ('Don't bow for me . . Obama ' (America's 'sorry' President))
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June 20, 2009

Note: The following text is a quote:

http://www.fbi.gov/pressrel/pressrel09/fbi_investigates.htm

FBI Investigates Kidnapping of New York Times Reporter David Rohde

FBI New York Assistant Director in Charge, Joseph M. Demarest issued the following statement concerning New York Times Reporter David Rohde:

“On June 19, David Rohde, a reporter for the New York Times contacted family members to advise he had escaped from his abductors. Rohde was taken hostage in Afghanistan on November 10, 2008. The FBI is working with the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense to see that Mr. Rohde receives medical attention and is reunited with his family.”

“Since Mr. Rohde’s abduction, the FBI has been fully engaged in the investigation. We have worked closely with the Rohde family and the NY Times. The investigation is being coordinated by the NY Field Office through the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. The investigation drew on resources from the FBI’s Boston Field Office, the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) as well as FBI personnel in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The investigation is continuing.”

“Significant assistance was provided by the U.S. State Department and U.S. Embassies in Kabul and Islamabad as well as the U.S. Department of Defense in Afghanistan.”

Another captive, an Afghan national who was with Mr. Rohde when he was kidnapped also escaped and is being assisted by U.S. authorities.


25 posted on 06/22/2009 12:42:50 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: bigheadfred

I always liked that movie.


26 posted on 06/22/2009 5:13:01 AM PDT by DWC (what do kids know about)
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