UPDATE: CNN: Taliban claim responsibility for kidnapping of American soldier
An American soldier reported missing Tuesday has been confirmed to be captured by insurgents in eastern Afghanistan. Via Fox News:
KABUL — Insurgents have captured an American soldier in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Thursday.
Spokeswoman Capt. Elizabeth Mathias said the soldier went missing Tuesday.
"We are using all of our resources to find him and provide for his safe return," Mathias said.
Mathias did not provide details on the soldier, the location where he was captured or the circumstances.
"We are not providing further details to protect the soldier's well-being," she said.
An Afghan police official said the soldier went missing during the day Tuesday in the Mullakheil area of eastern Paktika province. Gen. Nabi Mullakheil said there is an American base in the area.
Please pray urgently for the protection and rescue of this soldier. It is not known yet if he is in the hands of the Taliban or one of the many other insurgent groups operating in the region. More updates as they become available.