August 17th, 2010
10:13 AM ET

Taliban fighter linked to U.S. sailors' kidnapping is slain

Security forces killed a Taliban official with "direct ties" to the insurgent network involved in the recent kidnapping and murders of two U.S. Navy sailors, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said on Tuesday.

Afghan and coalition troops killed Bilal, "a highly active Taliban facilitator," in Logar province on Monday.

Bilal was linked to the Taliban network that abducted and killed Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin McNeley and Petty Officer 3rd Class Jarod Newlove in July, an ISAF news release said. It is not yet known what role, if any, Bilal played in the sailors' kidnapping. The insurgents' full name was not provided.

"We are happy to announce the results of this successful operation. This man was a known criminal who regularly facilitated rocket attacks against Afghan and coalition forces," said U.S. Army Col. Rafael Torres, ISAF spokesman.

"Bilal was also associated with a violent network directly responsible in the kidnapping and vicious killing of two American sailors," Torres said.

More: Second U.S. sailor found dead

Security forces approached a targeted compound when "Bilal, who was armed with an AK-47, ran away from one of the buildings."

He "attempted to hide amongst two civilian farmers, but when the security force caught up with him, he engaged the assault force," ISAF said. "They returned fire, killing him. The farmers were not injured."

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  1. not larry from,calf

    Hey Larry valecia,calf can you stop posting on here too,You talk way too much and you think you have all the answers and you put down others for different views than you.You are pathetic look at yourself sometimes.

    September 13, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |

    Hell yeah...another one bites the dust. Send them all to Virgin U!...the sooner we help them get their diploma's, the better! Good work guys! Keep on keepin on....

    September 1, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bledsoe

    Oh i forgot this is one of theirs, i 'stole' it back.

    August 21, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    Hoo-rah! Another coward gets a well-deserved dirt nap.

    August 18, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      That would be a yes. Daniel-2 aka Ernie Beatty/onesmallvoice/you/George Patton...
      The list goes on, i have counted 19 aliases so far look for the phrases commonly used by him/her they are quite easy to spot.

      August 21, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yankee cowboy

    "There is nothing wrong with my point of view"...only that it's the point of view of the evil Taliban and al Qaeda hiding out in your Pakistan homeland.

    August 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. prevail21

    As a Navy veteran, the Taliban should know that payback is coming. BZ ISAF.

    August 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brian

    To You- You would know something about having half a brain now wouldn't you! I am not in any Tea Party but with the likes of you out there bashing them I just may join up. Your conspiracy theory on why the US is in Afghanistan lacks facts, credibility and thought. You are like a child coming in and out of the conversation. Go outside and play before mommy calls you for supper.

    August 18, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. tea party

    tea party is voting you liberal American hating socialists out of office one by one....Goood by Reid and soon Polosi

    August 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    Willie is a simpleton. We are there to eliminate AQ and the Taliban from making that god forsaken place a base for future terrorist operations, or have you forgotten? Wake the f&^#@ up! George is even more of a simpleton since he thought Willie's post was "beautifully said".

    August 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • You

      Brian,will you wise up and cut the Tea Party lingo?Anybody with half a brain knows about our hidden agenda over there plus the fact that these right-wing politicians want to get the ignorant public to vote for them by exploiting this conflict.

      August 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Willie 12345

    This war stinks and whoever thinks otherwise need to have their heads examined.I get awfully sick and tired of seeing people blog in here in favor of what we're doing over there.We need to just leave like the Russians did in 1989!

    August 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Beautifully said,Willie.Thank you for your imput.

      August 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Daniel-2. Whatever name you use here it is obvious it is you. You cannot hide. The good people at Fort Meade know who you are...

        August 18, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        Do they really,Phunnie boy?

        August 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • Ernie Beatty

        How dare you Phunnie boy(Bledsoe) dishonor the name of George Patton???It's one thing to play your stupid games by blogging under the names of others,but to disgrace a general is getting to be too much!Have you no shame at all???

        August 18, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    I like turtles!

    August 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MacDaddy

    I apologize for that last comment...that was wrong...How do you blind a Pakistani cab driver? Put a windshield in front of him...

    August 18, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MacDaddy

    How do you tell if an Afghani or Arab or any Muslim is moderate? They are the ones that have run out of ammunition.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kevin


    August 18, 2010 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    What about the rotten cowards who operate those ungodly drones,hurling 500lb.bombs on defenseless people?You right-wing fools are disgusting!!!

    August 18, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • tea party

      Larry thats you're dong! ms. us army forever..

      August 18, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Willie12345

    Good shooting.

    August 18, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  17. Stryfe

    ahhhhh I said it once, and I say it again....burn in hell dude, the rest will see ya there soon.

    August 17, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Patricio

    I'm glad justice was served! CS2 Newlove was a good friend of mine in which I served with... God bless the Family of Newlove and McNeley, and God Bless America!

    August 17, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      If You call that Justice??? Then This Country should NUKE all the People because They and You wouldn't know Justice even if it was given to you!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Hey Patricio,will you stop spewing your right-wing ignorance here?It makes me sick!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Patricio...thank you for your kind words...Justin McNeley was my grandson and a sailor that served his country with pride...unlike some of the idiots that respond on here...sitting on their asses writing crap on their computer, guess it makes them a big man...try picking up a gun and iradicate the enemy...those who make it a safe place for you to be able to walk free should be praised, not condemned. I pity your ignorance.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

    I rather listen to People like Yahobi that Idiots like You... as least He has something to say!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bledsoe

      "Yahobi that Idiots" The s was superfluous...

      August 18, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Drake

    To The Truth- Grow up, you can't prove that atheism is false you moron. You just have to wait and see. Read Pascal's wager, assuming you can read.

    August 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  21. The truth

    Flying Spaghetti monster. Prove me wrong.

    Enjoying my swim of life without false hope in mysticism and hocus-pocus

    August 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Toledo

    To MNSoldiar- You sound like the typical know it all atheist. Any proof of what you're saying? Oh, I forgot the answer is no. Atheism takes more faith than religions do, though some (e.g. Islam) are provavbly false. Enjoy your blind swim in the atheism pool. Dolt.

    August 17, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Roundabout

    @ the Truth... Thank you for being the sole voice of reason on this forum. As a combat veteran I can assure you that you dont have time to be so philosophical, as bullets fly over, or around you. These two fellow Navy members knew the risks they faced. And in no way would either of them have allowed themselves to be captured and subsequently beheaded, on video. It is war, and with that being said.....Neither side should complain about the cost of war, as long as they both choose to participate.

    I have no sympathy for the Afghans who take up arms against the coalition forces. Choose to use violence, be prepared to receive violence. And those who choose not to participate, have no right to comment about war.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      What are You a Veteran of being a Dog Carrier??? I don't know one real Vet that would ever say anything You just said!!! Please tell Me how it is Justice by shopping Peoples heads off with out a trail??? Maybe We should shop off the Heads of all Their People we captured!!! I wonder How They would feel about that??? If all the Muslin have the Mentality of the Muslin??? Maybe we should NUKE them all and put Them out of Their Misery!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • whomey24

        Dont get me wrong as well as this is not intended to be disrespectful, it is a legitimate question. How do you fight an enemy who is willing to die for their beliefs? Erradicate them all. I believe in what we are doing over there. I also believe that there is no reasoning with them.

        August 17, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  24. mnsoldier

    As how the Muslim religion or any religion for that matter came to be of power you have to force people to change their beliefs by force or they wont change. "Mankind"=sheep, most will do what they are told by bullies in order to avoid confrontation and the chance of being harmed, it is easier to give in order to get along. However the giving in part never ends and eventually when the takers have gotten all they can from you, your dead and they dont need you anymore.
    All religions are false man made stories, the ultimate insurance scam, do what i tell you to do and give me all you have in order to be in heaven where you will get all your desires for hard work on earth. Well guess what no one can dispute it because they are dead. No one not even the fairytale of jesus coming back from the dead is true, because in the book it says they didnt recognize him. Because it was not him it was someone scamming them. And homhammad was taken on a winged horse to jeruselum. Hello more fairly tale. Do you believe in the roman gods, greek gods, egyptian gods. No because they dont exist, they only existed to allow man to explain away the unexplainable and say god did that so dont question it or you will die.
    If people could just do the right things in life without having to be to do so by a god the world would be much better and greedy a$$ clowns would be seen for what they are.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      So indescirminately abusing women is the way to the truth, like Sharia Law says? Holy crap, you spew the most crap out of anyone on here, just crawl bakc in your hole and wait for the UAVs to come.

      August 17, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      I really don't think the People were force to be Muslin!!! But I have seen where People were force into be Christians... So Please tell Me which one is worse??? The Buddha, Hindu & Jewish are the only ones that doesn't try to change People to be Their Beliefs!!! The reason I say belief instead of religion is Buddha is not a Religion...

      August 17, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Anonymous: The United States wasn't much better when We first started out!!! The only difference was the People that came to our Country were educated excepted for the real Americans the Indians... We had slaves of African Americans and Asians back then!!! The Muslin have the Rich educate Muslin and then the poor Muslin that they keep uneducated... That way they have Their Slaves!!! Please tell Me what is the difference between how We were and How they are today???

        August 17, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
      • tea party

        larry, how much shrapnel is logged in your skull?

        August 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  25. The truth

    How is it they "kidnapped" the sailors? They drove though hostile territory and were captured. Thats not kidnapping. Deaths in war are not "murders", they are casualties. So if the wingnuts insist that this is a "war" that must be won, lets use the correct terms at least. The 2 sailors were killed in action or were casualties. Unless I missed it no one has shown that the sailors were killed after being captured. Having been in the military, and knowing the situation, they would have damn sure done all they could to avoid being captured, and that means a firefight and probable gunshot wounds. If you are going to fight an insurgency, you are going to suffer casualties. Either accept that, or accept that there is no real measure of victory possible in Afghanistan and get the hell out. It took the British and Russians many years to learn that, now the US is learning the same lesson.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Right since when does a Sailor carry a weapon when They go on Leave??? Even if they had Pistols it would not be good agains the Weapons and as many of Them there were!!! So Please tell Me in Their right mind would fight against Odds like that??? Maybe a Idiot like You would!!! But You weren't trained to know better were You???

      August 17, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  26. tea party

    Dont hurt the Afgahn farmers. We want our black tar heroin from healthy poppy fields...

    August 17, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      You are really sick in the head!!! But by looking at Your name I could figure that out anyhow...

      August 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Regina

        Good one Larry!! USMC forever!!!

        August 18, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Regina eh? Another name i see Daniel-2/George Patton/Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...Etc thats 13 and counting unlucky for some. Maybe you.

        August 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
      • ShiftyP.

        USMC Semper FI !!!!!!
        @ Regina u work for Resurgens?

        August 18, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Diesel

    Hey George Patton- Why don't you shut up you ignorant fool. Better yet, go live in Afghanistan with terrorists and fanatics. See how you feel about your "right wing" drivel then you pathetic excuse for a human being. I'd pay to see the real George Patton spend 5 minutes with you. "Wimper" would be your middle name.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LaRue


      August 17, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        I wonder if He was ever in the Service in the first place???

        August 17, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ernie Beatty

      Who gave you the right to call Gen.Patton an ignorant fool?Have you any notion to what he did in WW2,do you?He lead the Third Army and now you disrespect him!Where is your shame???

      August 17, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • George Patton

        That's alright,Ernie.These right-wing fools just cannot help being ignorant so you might as well let them blubber it out!!!

        August 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • Anonymous

        You do realize that is not the real GEN George Patton you tool...

        August 17, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        He wasn't calling General Patton a Fool!!! He was calling You a Fool... Anyone with a brain would figure that out!!!

        August 17, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        Did Diesel call me a fool like you said he did,Larry?What did I do to him?I know,he doesn't like my blogs because he knows that I'm right and he is wrong,of course!!!

        August 18, 2010 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Do You really think that all Hindu are Stupid??? If You do You must really be a Idiot!!! Because if You ever meet any You would know not to even say that!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  28. George Patton

    I wish that all you right-wing idiots would stop blubbering your ignorance and just shut up already!!!

    August 17, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Patton

      Or else what, you're going to slap us, George?

      August 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  29. RickBT

    They killed him! what a surprise!

    August 17, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Frank

    I said it once, I'll say it again. Kill them all, let Allah sorth them out.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • That guy

      Says the man who supports running between farmers for cover as evidently displayed here.

      August 17, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      We try not to kill Innocent People... We are more civilized than that!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Are we really,Phunnie boy???

        August 17, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
      • You

        You know better than that,Phunnie boy!And please stop posting uder Larry's name for crying out loud!!!

        August 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Because they are Idiots!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jenny

    i hope that is the truth coming from the govt. Otherwise great news! One by one if that is how it has to be, we will get you.

    August 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Here's more of that old,corny right-wing bla-bla-bla.You people never quit!How sickening!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Never quit wont quit. Get used to it.

        August 18, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  32. dwighthuth

    An eye for an eyeball!!! We will get you dogs one terrorist at a time. I can't believe these people were offered 1000s of dollars for their safe return but, they opted to kill and still be poor, dumb and stupid. And now look at what you have, maggots eating your rotting stinkin flesh, tell Allah hi for me.

    August 17, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      The one thing I don't believe is the Idiots on here want are Troops out before We get all the Afghanistan Troops and Police Trained!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        It's bad enough that you're blogging under my name,but to call me an idiot to boot is getting to be a little too much.Will you kindly cut it out?!?!?!

        August 17, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Gary Johndro


    August 17, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Johndro,you're disgusting!

      August 17, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      It just shows what kind of Cowards we are fighting against!!!

      August 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        Will you please quit using my name in order to spew out your hatred?It does get old.

        August 18, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
      • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

        MaryM. No i'm the one that poses as bledsoe and Daniel-2.

        August 20, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sharefact

      Must Watch interview by Hamid Gul : Eye Opener.

      Google: "Former Pakistani ISI Chief Hamid Gul: "God Help America!!" – The Alex Jones

      August 18, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |