Suspects in soldier kidnapping captured

AP/NY Times:

U.S. troops killed 11 members of a Mahdi Army splinter group early Thursday, American officials said. The military also announced that it had detained two more suspects in the capture of three U.S. soldiers earlier this year.

One of the suspects is thought to have ''facilitated'' the kidnapping of the American soldiers taken during a May ambush near Youssifiyah, about 12 miles south of Baghdad, and to have used his house to hide the soldiers, the military said in a statement.

A weapon belonging to one of the soldiers was found at the residence of the other suspect. The men were detained on Monday and Tuesday in Ramadi, the military said.

Spc. Alex R. Jimenez of Lawrence, Mass., and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty of Waterford, Mich., were seized May 12 when insurgents attacked and overran a checkpoint in the volatile area south of Baghdad known as the ''triangle of death.''

A third soldier, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., of Torrance, Calif., also was captured during the raid and his body was found May 23 floating in the Euphrates River. Four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi soldier were killed during the ambush.

The Islamic State of Iraq, a front group for al-Qaida, claimed in an Internet video earlier this year that the three missing soldiers were killed and buried. The militants showed images of the military IDs of Jimenez and Fouty but offered no proof that they were dead.

U.S. officials have said they have detained around a dozen suspects in connection with the soldiers' disappearance.

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Possession of the weapons is certainly evidence of contact with whomever was responsible for the kidnappings. There will be a lot of explaining to do. One hopes they will not be read a Miranda warning and offered a free lawyer from the ACLU. That would be no way to win a war or win respect from an enemy.

Gateway Pundit has more on the kidnapping. The LA Times also has a good report on the capture.

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