Saturday was not a good day for U.S. service members in Afghanistan, as reported by the Los Angeles Times. Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) claimed the lives of five U.S. service members, while two Navy service members have been reported missing, with the possibility that they may have been captured by the Taliban.
A report on the Navy Times shared that NATO and Afghan officials revealed on Saturday that two Navy service members were reported missing in a dangerous area in eastern Afghanistan. In a statement, NATO said that the two Sailors left their compound in Kabul on Friday afternoon, but did not return. It is believed that the two may have been captured by the Taliban – or even killed – in the Charkh district of southern Logar province.
A massive search was ordered to try and find the two missing service members, which included air and ground search as well as appeals on the local radio for their safe return. The identities of the two missing service members have not been revealed so as not to jeopardize the search operations. Thus far the reason as to why the two service members left the compound have not been revealed and officials would not confirm whether or not they were on official business.
Meanwhile, the Taliban has not claimed responsibility for the Sailors’ disappearance, nor have they made demands to be met in exchange for their release. The missing service members were said to have been last seen at the main bazaar of the Charkh district.