Monday, June 04, 2007

Military: Search for missing soldiers will go on

A soldier from Company C, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) on a foot patrol in the search for the missing soldiers on May 20th.

BAGHDAD - The US military vowed on Monday to continue searching for two soldiers captured in Iraq, amid reports that the Al Qaeda militant group has released a video about their seizure...

A spokesman for the US military in Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Chris Garver, told AFP that commanders had expected a video to surface since the Al Qaeda front group claimed responsibility for the attack.

‘Ever since the first statement by the Islamic State of Iraq that if we wanted to see the soldiers alive we should stop looking, we have been expecting this, knowing that it’s a scare tactic by insurgent groups,’ Garver said.

‘We’ll look at it, and see what we can get out of it.

‘The search is still continuing, with 6,000 troops including Iraqi forces. We’re still using aircraft and other assets to continue the search. We are going to keep looking for our soldiers,' he added...

In the weeks since the attack at least 100 more Americans have been killed in Iraq, some of them during the search for the missing troops, but the fate of the hostages nevertheless remains of vital importance for the US mission.

Commanders have repeatedly stressed the importance they and their troops attach to the ‘The Soldier’s Creed’, a set of principles which states that US forces never leave a dead or injured comrade behind in combat.

Read the rest at Khaleej Time

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Video posted of May 12th attack, missing soldiers' IDs; Pentagon had warned just one of two families of posting