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ISIS claims to confiscate US military equipment, ID cards in Afghanistan



The Islamic State has posted photos of a variety of sensitive U.S. military equipment and identification cards reportedly confiscated by militants in Afghanistan, according to the Military Times. 

The photos show everything from American weapons and ammunition to the identification card of U.S. soldier, Spc. Ryan Jay Larson. 

Henrietta Levin, a Defense Department spokeswoman, told the Military Times it is unclear where the photos were taken. 

"We are aware of erroneous reports that U.S. Army Specialist Ryan Jay Larson was captured by ISIL in Afghanistan," Levin told the Military Times. "These reports are false. He has been accounted for and remains in a duty status within his unit. We are looking into how he lost possession of his ID but can confirm he has been accounted for with his unit."

SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors ISIS, posted the photos to social media Saturday. SITE said the photos were originally published by the Islamic State group's Amaq news agency. 

It remains unclear how militants gained possession of the equipment, but retired Marine Corps officer Fred Galvin, who led a special operations unit in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, told the Military Times the photos are "fairly substantial." 

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