Taliban Threatens to Execute Captured US Soldier

A spokesman fo the Taliban says the captured US soldier will be executed unless the US stops its military operations.
The AP reported:

A spokesman for a Taliban commander says a captured U.S. soldier will be executed unless the U.S. military stops operations in two districts of southeastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban said last week they were holding the soldier. The U.S. military earlier said he went missing and may be in enemy hands.

Abdullah Jalali, spokesman for Taliban commander Mawlavi Sangin, told The Associated Press on Thursday the soldier was healthy but threatened to kill him unless the U.S. stops airstrikes in Ghazni province’s Giro district and Paktika province’s Khoshamand district.

Jalali says Giro has been heavily bombed by international forces but did not otherwise explain why they chose those areas.

Meanwhile, the US air-dropped leaflets in Paktia and Ghazni provinces warning Taliban insurgents to free the U.S. soldier they are holding or be killed.

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