Body of sec­ond missing sailor is re­cov­ered in Afghanistan

Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAYBRIEFING -

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. mil­i­tary has re­cov­ered the body of the sec­ond of two Amer­i­can sailors ab­ducted last week in a dan­ger­ous re­gion south of Kabul, but it was not clear pre­cisely how he had died.

The body thought to be that of Petty Of­fi­cer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove, 25, of Ren­ton, Wash., was found Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon in Yousuf Khiel, a vil­lage in the Baraki Barak district.

The area, in south­west­ern Logar prov­ince, is ad­ja­cent to Charkh district, where the two sailors were ab­ducted last week af­ter they drove their ar­mored SUV from a mil­i­tary base in Kabul.

U.S. and Afghan forces had been en­gaged in a wide hunt for the sailors and their kid­nap­pers. Ghu­lam Mustafa Muhsini, the Logar pro­vin­cial po­lice chief, said a vil­lager re­ported find­ing Newlove’s body to the Afghan po­lice about noon Wed­nes­day. A team of NATO and Afghan forces then re­cov­ered the body, which was still clad in a uni­form, he said.

The body of the first sailor, Petty Of­fi­cer 2nd Class Justin McNe­ley, 30, of Wheatridge, Colo., had been re­cov­ered Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to lo­cal Afghan au­thor­i­ties, McNe­ley was thought to have been wounded dur­ing a fire­fight when mil­i­tants ab­ducted the two sailors, and he died from his wounds. A Tal­iban spokesman also said the first sailor had died from wounds sus­tained dur­ing the ab­duc­tion.

On Thurs­day, Muhsini said that he did not know how Newlove had died and that, among mem­bers of the re­cov­ery team that re­trieved the body, only the Amer­i­cans were al­lowed to get close enough to have ob­served any wounds.

On Sun­day, the Tal­iban spokesman said the sec­ond sailor was alive but did not men­tion his con­di­tion in de­tail, say­ing only that Tal­iban lead­ers were wait­ing to de­cide what to do with him. The spokesman could not be reached for com­ment Thurs­day.

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