WASHINGTON (AP) - The president's spokesman says the White House
is "very pleased" that a New York Times reporter is safe and returning home after escaping from Taliban captors.
David S. Rohde was abducted Nov. 10 along with an Afghan reporter colleague and a driver south of the Afghan capital, Kabul. The newspaper reported that Rohde and Afghan reporter Tahi Ludin on
Friday climbed over the wall of a compound where they were held
captive in Pakistan.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Saturday that the U.S. is "very pleased" that Rohde is safe and returning home.
Gibbs said the escape "marks the end of a long and difficult ordeal."