5 American soldiers dead and 3 missing in Iraq

#1
Sorry if this has already been reported.

Just seen this news:

American troops missing in Iraq

Five coalition soldiers have been killed and three are missing after an attack by insurgents south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, the US military says.

The patrol of seven Americans and their Iraqi interpreter were attacked near the town of Mahmudiya, spokesman Maj Gen William Caldwell said.

He said that within an hour other troops were at the scene of the attack, hunting for the missing soldiers.

Checkpoints have been set up to prevent the soldiers being moved from the area.

Gen Caldwell said the team was attacked seven miles (11 kilometres) west of Mahmudiya, scene of frequent attacks by insurgents against US troops.

Major operation

Information of the attack first emerged when an unmanned aerial vehicle spotted two burning vehicles just before 0500 (0100 GMT) .

A huge operation has been launched involving helicopters, unmanned aerial vehicles and fixed-wing aircraft, to try to find the missing men.

The US military is also talking to local leaders to try to enlist their help in the search, while checkpoints have been set up on roads leading away from the area and west into Anbar to prevent the soldiers being taken to an insurgent base.

"Make no mistake: we will never stop looking for our soldiers until their status is definitively determined, and we continue to pray for their safe return," said Gen Caldwell.

In the past year, six US soldiers have been abducted and killed by insurgents in two similar incidents.

The bodies of two soldiers were found days after they went missing in the same area last June, while four soldiers were abducted and killed by insurgents in Karbala in January this year.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/6649713.stm

RIP and I pray they find the missing before anything bad happens to them.
 
#3
RIP

Thoughts and prayers with families, friends and colleagues.

Hope they find the others fast.
 
#4
Damn... this is the second time a squad off patrolling on it's own has been ambushed in detail. Any word on the unit involved? Rest in peace to all of them... the tangos do not waste time when they capture prisoners.
 
#5
R.I.P to the dead and hopefully the remainder are holed up somewhere safe.
 
#6
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070512/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

After the pre-dawn attack near Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad in a Sunni insurgent stronghold dubbed the Triangle of Death, nearby units heard explosions
...
Five U.S. soldiers have been charged in the rape of a 14-year-old Mahmoudiya girl and the killing of her and her entire family, and three have pleaded guilty in the March 12, 2006, attack, which was initially blamed on insurgents.

On June 16, 2006, two American soldiers who went missing in the same area were later found dead, tied together with a bomb between one victim's legs.
Likely, attacks of this sort will continue and our American friends should be very carefull.

RIP.
 

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#8
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18627335/

rest in peace...stand Zee guys, off watch.........unfortunately given these sickos track record and painful as it must be to say so - I rather hope the three captured are also now at peace.

If they are alive, there'll be a video before too long.

Don Cabra
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#9
RIP and fingers crossed although sadly I echo Goatman's thoughts.
 
#11
A nightmare. Just hope and pray that the missing are found safe and sound.

HAve to agree with goatman.
 
#12
KGB_resident said:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070512/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq

After the pre-dawn attack near Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad in a Sunni insurgent stronghold dubbed the Triangle of Death, nearby units heard explosions
...
Five U.S. soldiers have been charged in the rape of a 14-year-old Mahmoudiya girl and the killing of her and her entire family, and three have pleaded guilty in the March 12, 2006, attack, which was initially blamed on insurgents.

On June 16, 2006, two American soldiers who went missing in the same area were later found dead, tied together with a bomb between one victim's legs.
Likely, attacks of this sort will continue and our American friends should be very carefull.

RIP.
Thanks for pointing that out Sergey. :x
Prayers out for the soldiers who are dead and missing.
 
#16
The thought is absolutely terrifying. I hope that they get back safe and intact.

(edited due to mong spelling)
 
#18
Alot of truth to this passage in Kipling's poem entitled "The Young British Soldier".

When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains,
And the women come out to cut up what remains,
Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains
An' go to your Gawd like a soldier.
 
#19
Perhaps if the missing have been captured they will be used in a prisoner exchange. Maybe there's still hope for them.

I really hope they are either lost or hiding. My condolences to the families and friends of the dead.
 
#20
Hope springs eternal in the human breast;
Man never Is, but always To be blest:
The soul, uneasy and confin'd from home,
Rests and expatiates in a life to come.

-Alexander Pope,

Unfortunately the insurgents dont have a track record of releasing their prisoners.
 

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