The Families Of Two Missing U.S. Soldiers Could Be Facing The Worst News
06/04/2007 (KFSN) -- The U.S. military says 16 U.S. Soldiers Have Been Killed In Iraq In The Last 3 Days and two soldiers are still missing.
May was the deadliest month of the year so far for U.S. forces in Iraq, and June has gotten off to a bloody start.
Meanwhile the fate of two soldiers, Private Byron Fouty and Spc. Alex Jimenez missing for weeks, is still unknown but there is new evidence of them.
Purported photos of the two soldiers' identification cards were released by the Islamic State of Iraq - the Iraqi insurgent group that claims to have captured three American soldiers in an attack May 12. Also, credit cards, what appeared to be a New York state driver's license and dog tags.
But there was no other information on their status. The search for the missing men goes on but the military focus remains on a still struggling security surge.
Monday, the New York Times is reporting American and Iraqi troops control less than one third of the city's neighborhoods. The most difficult area is Western Baghdad.
Even with three times as many soldiers on the streets, violence there has worsened. General David Petraeus will report to Congress in September. Last week, he described the challenges to ABC News.
Petraeus, U.S. Commander in Iraq, says "if you are going to secure Baghdad, you have to get into the belts that surround Baghdad. That's where the car bomb factories are frankly, there is tough fighting out there. The enemy does not want to give up those areas which in some cases are sanctuaries."
The surge has been effective in some areas. Increased patrols and checkpoints have uncovered weapons caches and helped to diminish sectarian violence.
The last of five combat brigades of American troops deployed as reinforcements for the surge will soon be in Baghdad, bringing the total to 9,000. And the U.S. Military says a significant number of troops will continue to look for the two missing American soldiers.
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