There was something on one of the news channels (ITV/BBC24/Sky) earlier tonight about a statement by AQ saying they'd captured two and in 24 hrs the US must release it's female Sunni prisoners. The US apparently said that the reports of prisoners was unfounded.
Heard the same on Five too, no confirmation of capture as yet.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Al-Qaida in Iraq claimed to have captured two U.S Marines participating in an offensive in western Iraq, threatening in a Web statement issued Sunday to kill them within 24 hours. A U.S. military spokesman said he believed the claim was false.
A spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, Lt. Col. Steve Boylan, said in a statement, "I have not heard anything about any of our folks being taken. I would suspect that these are unfounded rumors, as that is what has happened in the past."
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By Alastair Macdonald
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The U.S. military said on Sunday it had no reason to believe a militant group's claim to have seized two Marines during fighting in Iraq, but said it was doing an inventory of personnel all the same.
"There are no indications that al Qaeda claims of having kidnapped two Marines in western Iraq are true," Marines spokesman Major Neil Murphy said in a statement.
"Multi-National Force West is conducting checks to verify all Marines are accounted for," he added.
A statement posted on an Internet site frequently used by al Qaeda in Iraq, one of the country's most feared groups, earlier said:
"Al Qaeda soldiers succeeded in kidnapping two Marines ... Al Qaeda gives the infidels 24 hours to release female Sunni Muslim prisoners ... or they should not bother to look for their children."
The statement was signed with a name that often accompanies the group's announcements, but could not be authenticated.