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    Default Missing Serviceman Rescued in Afghanistan

    "KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - One member of an elite military team missing in the Afghan mountains since last week has been rescued, a U.S. Defense Department official said Sunday.

    The American serviceman was being rushed to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, said the official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of ongoing search and rescue operations.

    He declined to say when the rescue occurred or provide other details, including reaction to specific reports that three Seals were being sought.

    The small special operations unit was reported missing Tuesday in mountains in Kunar province, near the border with Pakistan, setting off an extensive U.S. military search.

    A rescue effort the same day ended in tragedy when a transport helicopter seeking to extract the team was shot down, killing 16 troops aboard. It was the deadliest single blow to American forces who ousted the Taliban in 2001.

    The deaths brought to 45 the number of U.S. forces killed in Afghanistan over the last three months as a revitalized Taliban have stepped up their insurgency ahead of fall elections.

    A purported Taliban spokesman, Mullah Latif Hakimi, claimed last week that militants had captured one member of the team and said he was a "high-ranking American" caught in the same area as where the helicopter went down, but refused to elaborate.

    Hakimi, who also claimed insurgents shot down the helicopter, often calls news organizations to take responsibility for attacks, and the information frequently proves exaggerated or untrue. His exact tie to the Taliban leadership is unclear.

    U.S. officials said there was no evidence indicating that any of the soldiers had been taken into captivity.

    Meanwhile, gunmen on motorcycles shot a senior pro-government cleric to death Sunday in the second such attack in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar in just over a month.

    The cleric, Mohammed Nabi Misbah, a senior member of Afghanistan's Islamic clergy, the Ulema Council, was shot Sunday as he drove from his office to his home in Kandahar, according to city police chief Gen. Ayub Salangi.

    He was taken to a nearby U.S. military base for treatment but died, Salangi said.

    In late May, cleric Abdul Fayaz, also a supporter of U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai, was shot dead. At his funeral, a suicide bomber killed 20 people.

    Hitting back at the insurgency, U.S. and Afghan forces killed five suspected Taliban rebels Saturday in mountains east of Kandahar, local police chief Gulam Rassol said. Ten suspected rebels also were captured. U.S.-led coalition troops and Afghan police had raided a rebel camp in the area and were still searching Sunday for more insurgents, he said.

    Taliban-led rebels have targeted hundreds of people linked to Karzai's government in an unprecedented surge in violence since March which has left nearly 700 people dead and threatened three years of progress toward peace."

    This is great news for this 4th of July weekend!
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    Yeah! We've at least got one back, and hopefully the others will be rescued shortly!
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    Nice get one back, but the loss of the other on the MH-47 has put a damper on my weekend.

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    May God be with those men and their families..and may the power of the US military be with the enemy!!

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