Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Missing GI's Found Dead

Bad news:

BAGHDAD, July 20 -- Two U.S. soldiers missing since an attack on a checkpoint last week have been found dead near a power plant in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials, and Iraqi officials say the soldiers had been tortured.

Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Muhammed-Jassim, head of operations at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, said the soldiers had been "barbarically" killed. U.S. officials would not confirm or deny that the men, who were identified Monday as Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., had been tortured by their captors.

"Coalition forces have in fact recovered what we believe to be the remains of our two soldiers," said Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, at a Baghdad news conference.

Caldwell said the bodies were found Monday night after dark but were recovered early Tuesday because of concern of makeshift bombs around the bodies.

Caldwell said the area was cordoned off overnight and explosive ordnance teams went in the next day to recover the remains. He said the remains have been taken to a U.S. base in Iraq and will be transported back to the United States for DNA verification and full autopsies.

I don't know what "barbarically killed" means exactly, but it sounds fucking horrific.

From reports of read outside the US it was incredibly horrible.
Sounds like a bit of oneupmanship - you toture, we torture better.
I think that's it, cartledge. It's amazing how the administration couldn't stop talking about the Zarqawi killing, but now they're offended that the press is spending too much time covering the stories of these two soldiers and their families. only spread the good news, right? Don't want to ruin Karl's p.r. campaign to turn back opinion on the war, do we?
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