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Monday, July 11, 2005

Afghans sheltered SEAL from Taliban


Afghan villagers sheltered a U.S. Navy SEAL wounded in a battle last month with the Taliban until they could get word to American forces to rescue him, a military official said Monday. The SEAL was part of a four-man reconnaissance team that went missing June 28 after calling for help during a firefight in the mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. ... An Afghan villager found the SEAL and hid him in his village, the official said. According to military accounts, Taliban fighters came to the village and demanded the American be turned over, but villagers refused. The SEAL wrote a note verifying his identity and location, and a villager carried it to U.S. forces, the official said. The note indicated to U.S. troops that they wouldn't be entering into a trap. The commando was rescued July 3.
Apparently, we are not totally failing in the battle for hearts and minds in Afghanstan and the Muslim world. These villagers were very brave, and doubtless risked their lives both for this particular SEAL, and in a larger sense, for a free Afghanistan. I honor their courage.


Blogger Cubicle said...

How many americans would have done that?

I am impressed.

7/11/2005 03:26:00 PM  
Blogger MacBoar said...

I saw on CNN where they named the villager. I sure hope he's covered, otherwise he and his family are in danger. I sure hope we do right by this hero.

7/11/2005 10:01:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

I, too, have been Missing in Action for the past couple of weeks. As for the article, nice going once again. Your optimistic comments are appreciated. I trully hope the American army will succeed with the help of Muslims emancipated from the harsh regimes imposed on them by the Taliban and Saddam's regime.

7/12/2005 05:32:00 AM  

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