American Taliban Hostage Escapes

In a shocking turn of events, New York Times reporter David Rohde escaped from Taliban captivity today. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist first disappeared in November 2008 while working on a book in Afghanistan. The New York Times reports that Rohde, alongside local reporter Tahir Ludin and their driver Asadullah Mangal, were abducted near Kabul and were held in captivity in the mountains in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The kidnapping was originally kept quiet by The Times and other media due to concerns about the men's safety. To escape, "They just walked over the wall of the company," Rohde's wife said, and were eventually rescued by a Pakistani army scout. Rohde is in good health; Ludin injured his foot during his escape.