ISIS terrorists are claiming they have taken control of a stockpile of American weapons and other military equipment in eastern Afghanistan.
The group released photos showing an American portable rocket launcher, two-way radio, grenades and other military equipment not typically used by Afghan troops. They also released close-up views of the dog tag of a U.S. Army Soldier: Specialist Ryan Larson.
The military denied any suggestion that a soldier had been captured, saying Spc. Larson was accounted for and remains on duty, Reuters is reporting.
American special operations troops have been fighting alongside Afghan forces in a renewed offensive against militants who claim allegiance to Islamic State in Nangarhar Province, which borders Pakistan.
“SPC Larson was attached to a unit conducting a partnered (operation) with Afghan Forces,” U.S. military spokesman Commander Ron Flesvig said in an emailed statement on Sunday. “The soldier’s I.D. and some of the equipment were left behind after the (operation). The loss of personal identification is unfortunate.”
The website that published the photos speculated that the equipment and weapons were left behind during that engagement, but Flesvig said American officials are still trying to determine exactly when and how it was lost.