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US troops press hunt for missing soldiers

(AFP) Thousands of US soldiers pressed their hunt across the farms and orchards south of the capital Friday, searching for three US soldiers abducted during a deadly pre-dawn raid nearly a week ago. 

“The brigade has been constantly searching for the soldiers since their abduction,” said Colonel Michael Kershaw, the commander of the brigade to which the soldiers belonged, in a statement. 

Meanwhile three more US soldiers were killed and another wounded when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb south of Baghdad, the US military said. It was not immediately clear if those killed were involved in the search. 

The deaths brought total US casualties since the March 2003 invasion to 3,402 and the total deaths in May to 59, putting it on course to be one of the bloodiest months of the war. 

The three missing soldiers disappeared on Saturday after Al-Qaeda insurgents ambushed them on a palm-lined road with light arms fire and explosive devices, killing four more American soldiers and an Iraqi army translator.  

The attack took place in a verdant agricultural region south of Baghdad that has been a hotbed of Sunni insurgents since the March 2003 invasion. 

“As soon as we were aware of the incident, we immediately cordoned off the area and started the search,” Kershaw said. 

At least 4,000 US troops and 2,000 Iraqi forces have poured into the area to help with the search, which involves combing fields, draining canals, and questioning people in villages where resentment of US troops runs high. 

“Although some tips may not be accurate, it is important for each one to be investigated,” said Major Rob Griggs. “You never know if it is the one that will lead you to the soldiers.” 

US troops have already questioned more than 600 people and detained about a dozen, and commanders have repeatedly vowed to continue the search until the soldiers are recovered. 

“The families back home need to know that we are not going to stop searching for the soldiers until they are found,” Kershaw said.

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May 18, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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