US aid worker feared dead in Afghanistan; 17 others die in violence

An American aid worker and her Afghan driver kidnapped in the country's dangerous south one month ago were feared dead in Afghanistan's latest hostage crisis, as violence elsewhere left 17 people dead, including two Polish soldiers. The US military, meanwhile, said Wednesday that an Afghan journalist working for Canadian television station CTV who has been detained since October had been declared an enemy combatant. Aid worker Cyd Mizell and driver Abdul Hadi were taken hostage by an unknown group in a residential neighborhood of Kandahar on January 26. Mizell, who turned 50 while in captivity, worked on aid projects for the Asian Rural Life Development Foundation, or ARLDF.