Raid Fails to Free Abducted Professors in Afghanistan

September 12, 2016

U.S. Navy SEALS led an unsuccessful raid last month to attempt to free two abducted American University of Afghanistan faculty members being held by the Taliban, The New York Times reported.

The two professors, one American and one Australian, were abducted at gunpoint from their vehicle near AUAF’s Kabul campus on Aug. 7. The Pentagon confirmed that a raid had been conducted to rescue two civilians but said in a statement, “The hostages were not at the location we suspected.” The Pentagon said that no Americans were killed in the raid but that “a number” of insurgents were.

The AUAF campus temporarily suspended operations after militants attacked the campus Aug. 24, killing more than a dozen people.

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