By David Rohde
The compelling and insightful account of a New York Times reporter's abduction through the Taliban, and his wife's fight to loose him.
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After a roughly two-hour drive, we arrive in a remote village where Atiqullah says we will spend the night with his guards. He is leaving and will return the following day. His men lead us into a small, one-room dirt house. A half dozen of us—three guards and three prisoners—lie down on the floor under musty-smelling blankets. I think of my wife and fam ily. By now, they must know. “FUN FEARLESS FEMALE” Kristen, November 10–11, 2008 I am sitting atop Times Square. From the thirty-eighth floor, I can see all way to the mouth of the Hudson River.
A few hours. The Department of Defense ensures us they will not undertake a raid unless they are very confident they will be able to get David and his col leagues out alive. But they give no indication as to how they will assess this risk. This is the first of many decisions we will agonize over—and revisit during the subsequent months. For now, Lee and I decide against a mil itary raid, unless David or one of his co-captives is severely sick or in jured, or if their lives are in immediate danger.
Embassy that David did not return from the interview. The case was immediately reported to the FBI, then to David’s employer. The newspaper then called Lee, who is still listed as David’s emergency contact. I make a note to update this information when David returns. Because Lee’s phone num ber bears a New Hampshire area code, local field agents there were as signed to get in touch with our family. If I was the contact, we’d be having this meeting in New York City. The local case agent informs us that David was abducted along with his driver and translator as they headed to interview a Taliban commander outside Kabul.