About Five U.S. troops die in Iraq
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Five U.S. troops die in Iraq info
•NEW: Four U.S. soldiers and a U.S. Marine died in Iraq Thursday
•56 bullet-riddled bodies found in Baghdad in 24 hours
•Parents of missing soldier say he wanted to help his old, new countries
•Five killed, 45 wounded, in Sadr City bombing
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Another four U.S. soldiers and a U.S. Marine have died in Iraq, the military said in statements Friday.
The deaths bring to 2,824 the number of U.S. soldiers who have died since the war in Iraq began.
Three of the Multi-National Division-Baghdad, soldiers were killed Thursday when the vehicle they were riding in was hit by a roadside bomb. No further details about the incident were released.
The fourth Multi-National Division-Baghdad soldier died in a "non-combat-related incident" north of Baghdad, the military said.
The Marine died from injuries sustained in "enemy action" while operating in Iraq's volatile Anbar province, according to the military.
The names of the soldiers and the Marine were withheld pending notification of relatives.
Fifty-six bullet-riddled bodies were found in Baghdad by Iraq police in the previous 24 hours, a Baghdad emergency police official said Friday morning.
Some of the bodies showed signs of torture, the official said. Iraqi police were unable to identify the bodies. Dumped, slain bodies are found daily in the capital and police think these deaths have evolved out of Sunni-Shiite sectarian vendettas.
Three people were killed and six more were wounded when three mortar rounds landed in a residential area in southern Baghdad's Dora district Friday morning, a Baghdad emergency police official said.
Clashes between Iraqi police and gunmen erupted about 18 miles southeast of the capital in Madaen town, the official said. Details on casualties were not available and clashes were ongoing.
More clashes erupted between Iraqi soldiers and gunmen on Haifa Street in central Baghdad Thursday evening. The official said there was no report of casualties from the hour-long clashes.
Meanwhile the parents of a U.S. soldier who may have been captured in Baghdad say their son is a "man of peace" who wants to help both his native Iraq and his adopted country, the United States.
From their Michigan home, Kousay and Nawal Altaie told CNN on Thursday that they appreciate the U.S. military and the FBI's efforts to find their missing son, Army Spc. Ahmed Altaie. (Full story)
Reservist Altaie, 41, was abducted from a relative's home in the Iraqi capital on October 23, a relative relayed to the military.
Nawal Altaie said her son came to the United States as a teenager and wants to "help both sides and bring peace." (Watch details of reported capture, search -- 1:39)
Altaie is married to an Iraqi woman who lives in Baghdad. His parents said the couple met in Baghdad before he began his military service, and they had planned to move together to America.
Earlier reports had raised the question of whether the soldier's marriage to an Iraqi violated military regulations, which forbid troops from marrying citizens of a country where U.S. forces are engaged in combat.
But in his weekly news briefing, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said Altaie had not violated any rules, because the couple had married before he deployed to Iraq.
The parents said they did not know where their son was being held.
Troops working 'around the clock' to find Altaie
Caldwell said the soldier left the Green Zone on October 23 to visit his wife.
Altaie, was handcuffed and taken away by gunmen, according to a relative.
Caldwell said that along with significant military activity there is a "tremendous amount of political activity" and "ongoing dialogue" to find the soldier.
The military has intelligence on who might have taken the soldier and that the people who kidnapped Altaie probably still have him, Caldwell said. But he would not name the suspects. He did say there has been "a particular focus east of the Tigris River."
Asked if the U.S. military was in contact with the kidnappers, directly or indirectly, Caldwell said, "There is ongoing dialogue that is being done at different levels at this time, but it would be inappropriate for me to state with whom or at what level."
"Iraqi security forces and coalition troops are working around the clock to return him [Altaie] to safety, get him back to his family and to catch the perpetrators of this crime," he said.
There have been more than 240 tips, prompting "37 specific missions to find our soldier," Caldwell said.
There are more than 2,000 coalition forces troops and more than 1,000 Iraq security forces troops involved in the search, Caldwell said.
32 people have been detained, he said. One coalition soldier has been killed and eight U.S. soldiers and two Iraqi security forces have been wounded in the effort to find the missing soldier and his abductors.
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