Skip to comments.Afghanistan: American journalist kidnapped by Taliban (NY Times reporter)
Posted on 11/11/2008 12:49:47 PM PST by Dog
An American journalist was kidnapped by Taliban militants in the Afghan province of Logar, located 60 kilometres south of the capital Kabul. David Rohde, a journalist working for the US daily The New York Times, was abducted along with his driver and interpreter by a Taliban group known as Siraj Haqqani and has been taken to eastern Afghanistan, sources told Adnkronos International (AKI).
War-torn Afghanistan has seen a surge in kidnappings of foreigners by Taliban militants recently. On Monday, Canadian journalist Mellissa Fung was freed in Kabul after being held in captivity for four weeks by militants.
Ain’t that just too bad.
Shouldn’t be a problem, since the Times always sides with the enemy. He’s probably having tea and crumpets as we speak...
NY Times is a bit short on Money!
Why would they harm one of their own propagandists?
All I can muster is an ‘awwww’...but I know this person has a family that is very scared right now, so I’ll be kind and say prayers for his safe release.
That wasn’t a kidnapping ... that was the entourage sent to greet them to give them the KEY TO THE CITY!!
/sarc turn off at your own risk
Have no fear, Obama will negotiate the reporter’s release. He just has a way with words, ya know what I mean?
Prays he does not wind up like Daniel Pearl.
Bad news for him...
It’s probably a fake abduction, cooked up by the NY Times in cooperation with the Taliban.
Most definitely. Prayers for him and his family.
They kidnapped an ally of theirs?
Hopefully, it teaches at least this slimeball to have some respect for the US military.
10 bucks says that he will not consider US torture “too much” after his stay with the Taliban.
I sincerely hope they're not hoping to ransom him to the NY Times. They're as broke as Gary Coleman on a bender.
Not to worry, they probably just want to bestow some high official recognition or award, and perhaps make him an honorary member.
Oh, OK... the Taliban will force the reporter into spreading lies and propaganda about America... um, no... they already do that...
Why did they even BOTHER???
Nothing like a reporter getting a first hand account.
Anyway, prayers for the hostage.
Yes, prayers up for the hostage. If he is one.
But, Hussein won the election! There are no more wars and no more bad people! Didn’t the Taliban read the Times for the past 18 months?
I didn’t realize that the New York Times still employs reporters. Probably a misconception on my part, since there’s no actual reporting in that paper - just opinion pieces.
Well, at any rate, no worries since the Taliban will certainly let him go as soon as they realize they’re on the same side...
He should be immediately released out of professional courtesy.
G-d be with him and his family and friends.
The Times has had some decent war reporters such as John F Burns.
Let them keep him, we don’t want him back.
I know we’re not supposed to negotiate with terrorists, but how much do we have to pay to get them to keep him, plus capture all the other MSM correspondents?
Remember what they did to Danny Pearl.
Obama: “I don’t negotiate with terrorists... I just pal around with them.”
Apparently, even the Taliban stopped reading the NYT.
How much money will we have to pay - for the Taliban to keep him
I’m sure that the Taliban have sawed his head off by now...I’m having a very difficult time developing any sympathy for anyone who works for the NY Times and gets captured in a war zone.
Last words spoken before capture was, “Hey guys, what are you doing? I’m on your side!”
Surprisingly, no one has updated his Wikipedia entry:
From July 2002 to December 2004, he was co-chief of the Times ‘s South Asia bureau, based in New Delhi.
While a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, he won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for his coverage of the Srebrenica massacre.
Prayers up for David Rohde and his family.
Jeez, I’m not sure the Taliban really understand who they’ve kidnapped. Once they listen to him for a while, they’ll release him - just to save their own sanity!
But seriously, I hope this guy does not end up like Daniel Pearl and gets a real clear understanding of the kind of people we’re fighting against in Afghanistan.
....sorry, I’m not good at waiting.
What is the cultural origin of that name?
“I know this person has a family that is very scared right now”
That’s what I was thinking at first but then I read post number 3 and started thinking, “Sure this guy has a family but for the most part, he’s an enemy of the US so I don’t really feel sorry for him.” There’s a lot of verses that come into play in this situation though so I don’t wish harm for this person.
Once they figure out what they got, his a55 will promptly be under the pickup....
How the heck are you?
I haven’t seen you on here for a long time, I hope you have been well.
As is reporter Dexter Filkins, who worked with Mr. Burns.
Very uplifting to see the upswelling of patriotism and compassion as an American ends up in the hands of the jihadis. Warms yer heart, don’t it.
Who knows, maybe if he makes it back he’ll come over to the American side, like so many former kamikaze pilots who are now pro-American, or Huey Newton when he came back from Islamic North Africa.
No it isn’t. I don’t wish this even on a NYT reporter.
The NYT must have requested a news blackout.
The CBC requested the same in the case of Fung’s kidnapping.