Kabul: A second US Navy sailor who went
missing in a dangerous part of eastern Afghanistan was found
dead and his body recovered, a senior US military official and
Afghan officials said on Thursday.
The family of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, a
25-year-old from the Seattle area, had been notified of his
death, the US military official said on condition of
anonymity, because he was not authorised to disclose the
Newlove and Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley
went missing last Friday in Logar province. NATO recovered the
body of McNeley -- a 30-year-old father of two from
Wheatridge, Colorado -- in the area Sunday.
Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid told The
Associated Press in Kabul today that two days ago the Taliban
left the "body of a dead American soldier for the US forces"
to recover. The Taliban said McNeley was killed in a firefight
and insurgents had captured Newlove. Mujahid offered no
explanation for Newlove`s death.
NATO officials have not offered an explanation as to
why the two service members were in such a dangerous part of
The sailors were instructors at a counterinsurgency
school for Afghan security forces, according to senior
military officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity
because of the sensitivity of the case.
The school was headquartered in Kabul and had
classrooms outside the capital, but they were never assigned
anywhere near where McNeley`s body was recovered, officials
The chief of police of Logar province, Gen Mustafa
Mosseini, said coalition troops removed Newlove`s body about
5:30 p.m. yesterday. An anti-terrorism official in Logar
province, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was
not authorized to speak about the case, also said coalition
forces had recovered a body.
Mosseini said he believed the body washed downstream
after rains Tuesday night.
He noted in the past several days, the Taliban were
being pressured by coalition forces in the area.
"The security was being tightened," Mosseini said.
"Searches continued from both air and the ground. Militants
were moving into Pakistan."
Mohammad Rahim Amin, the local government chief in
Baraki Barak district, also said coalition forces recovered a
body about 5:30 p m and flew it by helicopter to a coalition
base in Logar province, about 60 kilometres away.
"The coalition told our criminal police director of
the district that the body belonged to the foreign soldier
they were looking for," Amin said.