About six months ago an American soldier was taken captive by the Taliban. After the initial news report, the issue disappeared from the media. I keep an eye on such things and yet there have been no reports or announcements from the Taliban or the Americans concerning this event. I don't even know if he is still captive or still alive. This is exactly the opposite of the Gilad Shalit issue. In this case, Hamas scores a huge victory if no deal is made simply based on how the issue is handled in Israel. Hamas will score an even bigger victory if a deal is made. This issue for Hamas is like the 2006 war was for Hizbollah. Israel comes off as confused, impotent and second rate.
Roadside bomb kills five border officers in western Iraq (AP)
from the article: MESS Report / Israel has missed every opportunity to free Shalit