"GIVE THEM BACK" says our President.
BAGHDAD, Iraq: A farmer claiming to have witnessed an attack on a U.S. military checkpoint said Sunday that insurgents swarmed the scene, killing the driver of a Humvee before taking two of his comrades captive."We are currently using every means at our disposal on the ground, in the air and in the water to find them," said Caldwell, the spokesman for U.S. forces in Baghdad.
U.S. troops, backed by helicopters and warplanes, fanned out across the "Triangle of Death" south of Baghdad searching for the missing servicemen. At least four raids had been carried out, but the captives were not found, the military said.
A U.S. military spokesman, Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, said Saturday a dive team also was searching for the men, whose checkpoint was near a Euphrates River canal not far from Youssifiyah, 12 miles south of Baghdad. The Sunni region is the site of frequent ambushes of U.S. soldiers and Iraqi troops.
Ahmed Khalaf Falah, a farmer who said he witnessed the attack Friday, said three Humvees were manning a checkpoint when they came under fire from many directions. Two Humvees went after the assailants, but the third was ambushed before it could move, he told The Associated Press.
Seven masked gunmen, including one carrying what Falah described as a heavy machine gun, killed the driver of the third vehicle, then took the two other U.S. soldiers captive, the witness said. His account could not be verified independently.
The U.S. military said Sunday it was continuing the search.
"Coalition and Iraqi forces will continue to search everywhere possible, uncovering every stone, until our soldiers are found, and we will continue to use every resource available in our search," it said.[ read more ]
We have some good news out of Afghanistan though......
Fox News: Coalition Forces Kill 85 in Taliban Camps Across Afghanistan and more about "Operation Mountain Thrust" click here.
White House Press Secretary Tony Snow will speak about this and N.Korea this evening on Fox News Sunday w/Chris Wallace.
Others Sources: United States Central Command -News Releases, Photos, an awesome site.
Tags: Iraq, Missing Soldiers, U.S.Troops, Afghanistan, Taliban, Operation Mountain Thrust, Tony Snow, Maj. Gen Caldwell
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