Body Found Could Be Missing Soldier

May 23, 2007

It may be the feared ending for one of the missing soldiers in Iraq after Iraqi police find a body.

The body was found floating in the Euphrates River, south of Baghdad. Iraqi police say the man appeared to be wearing a military uniform. He was shot in the head and the chest, and he had a tattoo on his hand.

"We have received the body, and we will work diligently to see if in fact
he is one of our missing soldiers. We have not made any identification
yet," said U.S. military spokesman General William Caldwell.

Thousands of U.S. troops have been searching for three missing soldiers since they were ambushed on May 12th. Four American soldiers and one Iraqi were killed in that attack.

In addition, the military says at least nine U.S. troops have been killed in five separate attacks over the past two days, bringing the May death toll to 80.

Bush administration officials had warned that casualities might increase
during the massive U.S. led security crackdown ordered by the President.

Despite objections by many Democrats on Capitol Hill, thousands of
additional troops have been pouring into Baghdad hoping to control
sectarian violence. Many of those soldiers have been hunting for their
missing comrades and will continue that search.

"We continue to remain prayerful and hopeful that we will find safely all
three of our American soldiers," said Caldwell.

But if the body turns out to be a missing soldier, his family will be
notified before there is any official public announcement.

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