Two American soldiers captured
last May 12th in Iraq are still being sought. They have never shown up in any
terrorist websites. No videos, no pictures. Several weeks after the soldiers
disappeared, terrorists were claiming
that the three soldiers were taken alive, but are now dead. It is feared that
the soldiers were killed and their bodies destroyed or hidden. But the soldiers
of the unit the missing men are from, the 4/31st infantry (of the 10th Mountain
Division) persist in searching.
This has not turned up the missing soldiers, or
their bodies. After two weeks of searching, the body of one of the missing
soldiers was found in a river. Nothing about the other two. But the local terrorist organization has been
shredded. Several Iraqis have been captured who admit to have been involved in
the ambush on the missing soldiers. But none of these know exactly what
happened to the missing men. When the search began, the Sunni Arab terrorists
tried to bluff. They said they had the men, and demanded that the search be
called off, otherwise the men would be killed. It quickly became clear that the
terrorists could not provide "proof of life," and the search intensified. This
has resulted in an increasing number of tips from local civilians. Terrorist
weapons caches and safe houses have been found, and hundreds of terrorist suspects
The local civilians were fed up with all the
violence, and used the constant presence of 4/31st troops to give up the local
terrorists. The civilians were taking a chance, because if the U.S. soldiers
didn't pick up all the terrorists, the bad guys would be back to exact revenge.
But the troops of 4/31st are determined to find their buddies, dead or alive.
And as long as they remain in the area, they will continue scouring it. There
may be Iraqis in the area who know where the bodies of the two G.I.s are
buried, but aren't talking, lest the protective American troops goes away.