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Iraqi Police: Body In Euphrates In US Uniform

From the Associated Press:

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Iraqi men and a policeman try to pull a body from the Euphrates river in southern Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday, May 23, 2007. Police in the south of Baghdad found a body floating in the Euphrates River that they say is one of three American soldiers abducted by al-Qaida nearly two weeks ago.

Iraqi police: Body found in U.S. uniform

By RAVI NESSMAN, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – Iraqi police found the body of a man who was wearing what appeared to be a U.S. military uniform and had a tattoo on his left hand floating in the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday morning. One Iraqi official said the body was that of an American soldier.

The man had been shot in the head and chest, Babil police Capt. Muthana Khalid said. He said Iraqi police turned the body over the U.S. forces.

The discovery of the body in Musayyib, about 40 miles south of Baghdad in Babil Province, came as U.S. troops and Iraqi forces continued their massive search for the three soldiers abducted May 12 in an ambush on their patrol near Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad.

The U.S. military said in an e-mail that it was looking into the report, but could not confirm it.

The report of the body found was confirmed by a senior Iraqi army officer in the Babil area. He told The Associated Press that the body found in the river was that of an American soldier. The officer spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the media…

Let’s hope they are mistaken.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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