This is dreadful news:
A U.S. soldier missing from his base in eastern Afghanistan since Tuesday is believed to have been captured by Taliban militants, the military said Thursday...Military officials in Afghanistan, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation, said the missing soldier appears to have walked off his base into an unsecured area...A member of the Taliban linked to insurgent leader Sirajuddin Haqqani in Pakistan said that the soldier is in the custody of militants from the Haqqani network who are operating on the Afghan side of the border.
The Washington Post has the rest.
The BBC has this: "Another Haqqani commander, Mullah Sangeen, told Reuters the soldier would be held until Taliban fighters detained by the US were released."
The is the same group that New York Times reporter David Rohde was trying to meet with when he was kidnapped last November. Rohde escaped two weeks ago.
Say a prayer for this soldier and his family. While the media will be focusing on Michael Jackson and the motorcade to Neverland, the rest of us might take time to remember those that are truly in harm's way.