Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bodies of Missing Soldiers Reportedly Found

(Via Memeorandum)

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.

The identification of the bodies has not been officially confirmed by the military pending notification of the families. Via Dan Riehl, Blogs of War hopes the families were notified prior to the release of information by the Iraqis and the media.

They apparently weren’t according to Michelle Malkin via
Allah. What a shame!

Michelle also notes that this will be used to bolster the -and-run brigade’s agenda.

I wonder when the “cut-and-run brigade” will come to the realization that troop withdrawal will not end the cycle of violence, but relocate it to our very doorsteps?

My thoughts and prayers are with the souls of these brave men and the families they leave behind.

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