The team working to free the New York Times reporter reached out to kidnappers and debated whether to go public.
As many as 50 died Saturday as the military prepares to officially launch an offensive in the Taliban stronghold.
As a Christian Science Monitor reporter, Mr. Rohde was captured by Bosnian Serb police while covering atrocities in Serbia.
Religious charities with extremist ties or sympathies are winning favor among displaced people for their speedy aid work.
The Army is preparing for a new offensive in South Waziristan. A US drone strike Thursday killed at least nine in the area.
Suspected in the kidnapping of nine foreigners last week, the militant group appears to be gaining momentum – thanks in part to weak central government.