No Word on Missing Army Soldier in Iraq




 
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October 24th, 2006  
Team Infidel
 
 

Topic: No Word on Missing Army Soldier in Iraq


Media: The Associated Press
Byline: By SINAN SALAHEDDIN
Date: 24 October 2006


BAGHDAD, Iraq_After 24 hours of house-to-house searches in an upscale
Baghdad neighborhood, the U.S. military still had not found a U.S. soldier
who was missing and believed kidnapped.

U.S. and Iraqi forces threw a security cordon around the central Karradah
district on Monday night and Iraqis seeking to pass through the downtown
area on Tuesday were turned away at roadblocks. Army Kiowa OH-58
reconnaissance helicopters were seen repeatedly circling the area in pairs.

U.S. soldiers patrolling Karradah showed photocopies of the man's photograph
to residents in a search for leads.

The missing soldier's name and other personal details have not been
officially released, although American troops who raided Baghdad's al-Furat
TV on Monday said they were looking for an abducted American officer of
Iraqi descent who went to join family members in Karradah.

"We have not heard anything," Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, an American
spokesman in Baghdad, said Tuesday. "We are sure U.S. forces are doing
everything they can in the search."

A U.S. military official in Washington on Monday said the man was a U.S.
Army translator of Iraqi descent who may have been abducted. The official
spoke on condition of anonymity because the information was not cleared for
release.

The last time U.S. soldiers were reported missing was in June, when two
soldiers were abducted during an attack on their checkpoint in Baghdad. The
soldiers were later found dead, their bodies brutalized, the military said.
One of the soldiers had been beheaded.

Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for killing the soldiers, and said
the successor to terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had "slaughtered" them,
according to a Web statement that could not be authenticated.

Few American soldiers have been kidnapped by insurgents in Iraq, due largely
to strict military procedures for those on patrol or at checkpoints.

The U.S. military has strict rules for soldiers operating outside their
bases, designed to ensure they are under supervision and also to protect
them. All soldiers leaving their bases are supposed to be accompanied by a
noncommissioned officer and travel in at least two vehicles.
October 25th, 2006  
bulldogg
 
 
Fark.

Prayers for his safe return.
 


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