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7/1/05-Kabul, Afghanistan

U.S. Soldiers Missing In Afghan Mountains

Some U.S. soldiers who were on the ground in the area where a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan are now listed as missing.

A military spokesman says U-S forces are using every available asset to find them. The soldiers disappeared in the same mountains in eastern Afghanistan where the MH-47 Chinook helicopter was shot down, killing all 16 people on board. Officials say the helicopter had gone into the mountains to extract the soldiers.

A man claiming to be a Taliban spokesman says the rebels captured a U.S. soldier in the area. However, the spokesman's exact tie to the Taliban leadership is not clear, and he hasn't always been reliable in the past.

Meanwhile, he claimed the rebels had captured a U.S. soldier in the area, near the town of Asadabad, close to the Pakistani border.

The loss of the 16 troops was the deadliest single blow to American forces who ousted the Taliban in 2001.

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