SEAL Team 10 Members Still Missing

A small reconnaisance element from SEAL Team 10 is still missing in the mountains of Afghanistan’s Kunar province. Army Times said yesterday there is guarded optimism that some or all of the four member SEAL team could be alive:

Army Times—There was guarded optimism this morning some or all of four members of a SEAL team missing in the mountains of Afghanistan could be alive.

A Pentagon official said today that “radio transmissions” had given U.S. forces more hope than they had had the previous day that the missing SEALs had survived. He said he was not able to be more specific. …

An MH-47 Chinook was shot down June 28th enroute to extract the team after they came under attack by Taliban forces.

Please continue to pray for the safe return of these brave men.

Hat tip: Froggy Ruminations

Update (7/2/2005 5:44pm):

Matthew Heidt at Froggy Ruminations says he has it on “good authority” that the missing SEAL’s have not fallen into the hands of the Taliban:

Froggy Ruminations—There has been a lot of speculation regarding the fate of the recon team having fallen into the hands of the taliban and all of the horrors that possibility denotes. I have it on what I consider to be good authority that this did NOT happen. …

Update (7/3/2005 1:36pm):

CNN is reporting that one SEAL Team member has been rescued!

CNN—(CNN) — One member of a U.S. special operations reconnaissance team missing in Afghanistan since Tuesday has been rescued, a U.S. official speaking on condition of anonymity told CNN. …

Thank God, praise His name. Now for the others…

Hat tip: Froggy Ruminations

Update (7/4/2005 9:41am):

A second SEAL Team member has been located. He is wounded and is being treated by Afghan villagers:

Reuters AlertNet—He also said Afghan forces received information on Sunday night that a wounded American was being treated by villagers in a remote mountainous part of the province.

“Our troops are trying to reach the place,” he said. “Villagers have him and are treating him for wounds. But the soldier has not been handed over as yet. …

Update (7/4/2005 12:16pm):

FOX News is now covering the story:

FOX News—Citing Afghan intelligence sources, Wafa said the second U.S. service member was believed to be wounded and had taken shelter in a house in a remote part of the region.

“He is in a civilian’s house. He is injured,” he said. “Afghan soldiers and police are trying to reach the area to rescue him.”

U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Jerry O’Hara declined to comment on the governor’s comments, except to say “we hold every hope for those who are still missing.” …

Update (7/4/2005 6:49pm):

Last Friday, Taliban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi said a video would posted on a specific website. That video has not appeared. Thankfully, it appears that Abdul Latif Hakimi is ‘full of it.’ The Taliban doesn’t have those guys; they will be found and brought back to their families. Just keep praying for them.

Update (7/5/2005 7:08am):

Sad news this morning, a senior Defense Department official announced Monday that the bodies of two SEAL Team members had been recovered:

New York Times—KABUL, Afghanistan, July 4 – American forces have recovered the bodies of two members of a four-man Navy Seal reconnaissance team that was reported missing last week after coming under hostile fire in a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, a senior Defense Department official said Monday. …

The search is still on for the last member of the four-man team.

Update (7/5/2005 6:43pm):

Official announcement:

CFC-Afghanistan—KABUL, Afghanistan – Coalition forces located the bodies of two U.S. service members during a combat search and rescue operation July 4 in Kunar province.

The service members’ whereabouts had been unknown since June 28. They were part of a force conducting counter-terrorism operations in Kunar. An MH-47 helicopter carrying troops to support the force crashed June 28.

The two service members were taken to the U.S. military hospital at Bagram Airfield where they were pronounced dead. Their names are being withheld until notification of their next-of-kin.

Another member of the force was located and airlifted to the Bagram hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The whereabouts of one service member remains unknown.

Update (7/6/2005 1:24pm):

The Department of Defense has identified the two SEALs recovered July 4th; they are:

From SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii:

  • Lt. Michael P. Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y.

From SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team Two, Virginia Beach, Virginia:

  • Petty Officer 2nd Class Danny P. Dietz, 25, of Littleton, Colo.

Update (7/11/2005 7:25am):

The U.S. Military announced today that it had found the body of a SEAL Team member that had been missing since June 28th.

Al Jazeera reports that military officials say all indications are that the SEAL died fighting:

Al Jazeera—The body of a missing U.S. special forces soldier has been found in eastern Afghanistan, the U.S. army said.

The military said all indications were that the commando died in fighting, denying an earlier claim by Taliban that they kidnapped and killed him. [. . .].

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