Al Qaeda Claims It Is Holding Missing US "Crusader" Soldiers!!
Al Qaeda in Iraq claims it is holding the three missing US soldiers. The terror groups says it will release more information soon on the capture of the “crusader” soldiers.
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Thousands of U.S. soldiers searched Sunday for three Americans who were missing after their patrol came under attack in an explosion that killed four of their comrades and an Iraqi army translator. Two bombings — one in northern Iraq and another at a market in Baghdad — killed at least 62 Iraqis.
The Islamic State in Iraq, an al-Qaida front group, said it had captured several soldiers in the attack, but offered no proof to back up its claim, posted on an Islamic Web site.
The search for the missing Americans began after insurgents attacked a patrol of seven U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter before dawn Saturday near Mahmoudiya.
The U.S. military said Saturday that five people were dead and three were missing.
On Sunday, U.S. spokesman Maj. Gen. William Caldwell confirmed that the Iraqi interpreter was among the dead — and that all the missing were Americans. He said about 4,000 U.S. troops were involved in the search.
Caldwell said the bodies of the three slain soldiers and the Iraqi interpreter had been identified, but the military was still working to identify the fifth.
“Everybody is fully engaged, the commanders are intimately focused on this, every asset we have from national assets to tactical assets … are being used … to locate these three missing soldiers,” Caldwell said.
Mahmoudiya is about 20 miles south of Baghdad in an al-Qaida-dominated area known as the “triangle of death.” Two U.S. soldiers were massacred there last year after they disappeared at a checkpoint.
“We will provide the full details of this blessed operation as soon as they are available,” said the self-styled Islamic State in Iraq in a statement posted on the Internet.
Al Qaeda in Iraq just released a video showing the slaughter of 9 employees of the Iraqi Ministries of Interior and Defensesecurity guards. Al Qaeda claims it is building an Islamic state within Iraq. It is just waiting for the US to retreat.
US Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commanding general of what is known as Multi-National Division — Center, including the Mahmudiya region, explained his fears to CNN:
“Public enemy No. 1,” he growled, “is still al Qaeda… They are evil, pure evil. He has no respect for human life and doesn’t care who he’s killing.”
Iranian “influence,” he said, is supporting both Iran’s sectarian allies in the Shiite militias and their sectarian enemies in the Sunni insurgency. Munitions with Iranian markings have turned up in caches captured from both groups.
He knows why he’s fighting. Days ago, insurgents had blown up a minibus carrying women and children near Mahmoudiya. At least eight died at the scene, and four others were dreadfully wounded.
“My soldiers and me are here to ensure my children and their children back home aren’t going to be afraid of getting blown up when they get on a bus,” he said. “That’s going to happen right there in the United States if we don’t fight this fight right here, right now.”
“I am convinced of that.”