NATO Soldier Missing in Southern Afghanistan


KABUL - A Georgian soldier serving for NATO in Afghanistan has gone missing, prompting a search and rescue operation, the military coalition said Saturday.

"I can confirm that the Georgian soldier, who was an ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) service member serving in southern Afghanistan, has gone missing for the last three days," Lieutenant Colonel Lester Carroll, an ISAF spokesman, told dpa.

He did not provide further details about the missing soldier's identity, but confirmed that a search operation was underway.

"We are doing our best to find him and bring him back," Carroll said.

Georgia has more than 1,500 soldiers in Afghanistan, most of whom are based in Helmand Province.

The Georgian Defence Ministry has confirmed that one of their soldiers in Afghanistan has disappeared.

A year ago, a British soldier went missing in Helmand and was later killed during an exchange of fire between insurgents and NATO forces.

A US soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, has been held by the Taliban since 2009.

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