Body of Georgian soldier discovered in Afghanistan
APKABUL, Afghanistan--The body of a Georgian soldier who is believed to be the first member of the international coalition in Afghanistan to have gone missing in more than three years was found in the country's south, NATO said Sunday. The coalition said he had been captured, without providing further details.
December 31, 2012, 12:12 am TWN
A statement said Afghan police found the body and turned it over to NATO forces Saturday. He went missing Dec. 18 in the restive province of Helmand.
The solider from the NATO-led coalition is believed to be the first to have gone missing since a U.S. Army sergeant was captured by the Taliban in June 2009. The dead soldier was among the 1,500 troops from the former Soviet republic of Georgia serving in Afghanistan. NATO says an investigation is under way into his capture and death.
An Afghan district official said a villager found the body about 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the soldier's base in Helmand's Musaqala district and informed local police. The official requested anonymity since he was not authorized to talk with the press.