Times Reporter Escapes Taliban Captors After 7 Months

June 21, 2009

(ChattahBox)—New York Times reporter, David Rohde took matters into his own hands, after being held captive by the Taliban in Afghanistan for seven long months, scaling a wall and escaping the compound where he was being held. The intrepid foreign correspondent is now safely in the hands of the U.S. Military, much to the relief of his wife.

Rohde left for Afghanistan just two months into his new marriage to his wife, Kristen Mulvihill. Before the couple could even have their first tiff over choosing a china pattern, Rohde was off to research a new book about the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

When he appeared at a pre-arranged meeting with a Taliban operative, he was kidnapped and for seven months was kept on the move in the rugged mountainous border with Pakistan.

Afraid that media coverage would imperil his volatile situation, the New York Times and other media outlets, didn’t report on his kidnapping. Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times, said Rohde’s Taliban captors allowed him to make a few phone calls during his captivity, to prove he was still alive.

This is not the first time Rohde was kidnapped while covering a story abroad. He was arrested by Serbian troops fourteen years ago, while snapping photos of mass Serbian graves, after breaking the story of the massacre of Bosnian Muslims at Srebenica, which earned him a Pulitzer Prize. He just recently won another Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

After scaling the wall with a local reporter Tahir Ludin, Rohde and Ludin found a Pakistani scout who directed them to the safety of a U.S. army base. Rohde is now recovering from his ordeal at a U.S. airbase at Bagram, Afghanistan, where he plans to catch up on his sleep, eat a decent meal and no doubt take a nice hot shower.

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