SEVERE WX : Red Flag Warning - Freeze Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

US citizen abducted in Afghanistan

A US citizen working as a contractor was kidnapped in the Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan in recent days, a US official confirmed to CNN.It is n...

Posted: Feb 6, 2020 3:29 AM
Updated: Feb 6, 2020 6:15 AM

A US citizen working as a contractor was kidnapped in the Khost Province in eastern Afghanistan in recent days, a US official confirmed to CNN.

It is not known who the abductors are at this time.

The official said efforts to track and locate the individual are ongoing and noted that the contractor was not working for the US military at the time of the abduction. It is not clear to CNN whether the individual was working as part of a US government contract.

Newsweek first reported the kidnapping.

A State Department spokesperson told CNN, 'The welfare and safety of US citizens abroad is one of the highest priorities of the Department of State. We have no further comment.'

CNN has also reached out to the FBI for comment.

The kidnapping comes as the Trump administration weighs significant troop reductions in Afghanistan, despite a record high number of attacks carried out there last year by the Taliban and other anti-government groups.

There were 8,204 such 'enemy-initiated attacks' during the last three months of 2019, according to a report from the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction, with some 37% of those attacks being considered 'successful,' which are defined as attacks that result in Afghan military, police, international coalition forces or civilian casualties. The administration says it is considering reducing the number of US troops fighting terrorist groups and assisting local forces in the country from approximately 12,000 to 8,600.

The Taliban has a history of kidnapping Americans, including an American professor who was freed in 2019 along with his Australian colleague. Two years earlier, the insurgent group freed an American woman along with her Canadian husband and their three children. One other American is believed to be held hostage by the group in Afghanistan or Pakistan: writer Paul Overby, who is in his 70s.

This story has been updated with additional details.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 41348

Reported Deaths: 649
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah8955159
Marion5684107
Washington561274
Umatilla332844
Clackamas306165
Lane229427
Malheur189737
Jackson16176
Deschutes109813
Yamhill98315
Linn78815
Polk64315
Jefferson6009
Morrow5436
Lincoln51113
Union4652
Benton4336
Klamath4053
Wasco34715
Douglas3425
Hood River2771
Josephine2623
Columbia2531
Clatsop2370
Coos2360
Baker1143
Crook1002
Tillamook700
Curry571
Wallowa402
Lake340
Harney210
Sherman180
Gilliam110
Grant110
Wheeler10
Unassigned00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 898799

Reported Deaths: 17305
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2968216974
Riverside657571279
San Bernardino617261070
Orange580101440
San Diego53928867
Kern33669416
Fresno30471436
Sacramento25094482
Santa Clara23881388
Alameda23133456
San Joaquin21528488
Contra Costa18413240
Stanislaus17509396
Tulare17425284
Ventura14124162
Imperial12700336
San Francisco12032140
Monterey1128487
San Mateo11002159
Santa Barbara9715120
Merced9439154
Sonoma9163134
Kings820183
Solano728674
Marin7045128
Madera498174
San Luis Obispo412132
Placer408857
Yolo314458
Butte304652
Santa Cruz275325
Napa192815
Shasta183930
Sutter183712
San Benito143215
El Dorado13084
Yuba129310
Mendocino112121
Tehama8528
Lassen7641
Lake67915
Glenn6523
Nevada6038
Humboldt5619
Colusa5496
Calaveras33917
Amador31716
Tuolumne2624
Inyo22715
Siskiyou1880
Del Norte1781
Mono1762
Mariposa782
Plumas630
Modoc290
Trinity260
Sierra60
Alpine30
Unassigned00
Medford
Overcast
53° wxIcon
Hi: 64° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 53°
Brookings
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 50°
Feels Like: 57°
Crater Lake
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 39°
Grants Pass
Overcast
45° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 45°
Klamath Falls
Clear
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 22°
Feels Like: 39°
Cold night, windy Sunday
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events