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Mar. 23rd, 2003 | 09:29 pm





LET'S ALL HOPE THEY ARE RETURNED SAFELY


Joseph Hudson from El Paso, TX
Edgar from Texas
Sergeant James Riley of New Jersey
Shawna


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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi television showed video on Sunday of at least four bodies, said to be U.S. soldiers, and five prisoners who said they were Americans taken in a battle near the southern city of Nassiriya.

The video showed two rooms each containing what appeared to be two separate groups of four bodies in military uniform. Two of the prisoners, including a woman, appeared to be wounded. One was lying on the floor on a rug.

They were the first U.S. prisoners known to have been taken by Iraq since U.S.-led forces invaded four days ago to overthrow President Saddam Hussein. The prisoners gave their names and home towns and one provided his military identification number.

In Washington, U.S. defense officials said a small number of U.S. troops had apparently been captured and others killed by the Iraqi military, and that they were notifying families based on information from the videotape.

The bodies and prisoners were shown on Iraqi television, relayed by the Arabic network Al-Jazeera, which said the dead and wounded had been taken during a battle at the town of Souq al-Shuyukh, southeast of the southern Iraqi city of Nassiriya where U.S. forces have encountered stiff resistance.

Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the video apparently showing American prisoners of war was a violation of the Geneva Convention. The International Committee of the Red Cross agreed the footage violated the convention.

The dead bodies were strewn on the floor in pools of blood. In the first room, at least two had wounds to the head and another had a groin wound. In the second room, a smiling Iraqi uncovered the bodies, several of which had blackened faces.

The first prisoner shown gave his name as Miller and said he was from Kansas.

Asked why he had come to Iraq he replied: "Because I was told to come here. I was just under orders. I was told to shoot -- only if I'm shot at. I don't want to kill anybody."

Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan had announced earlier that enemy soldiers captured at Souq al-Shuyukh would soon be shown on state television.

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james

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from: fgcusabre
date: Mar. 23rd, 2003 08:21 pm (UTC)
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yea...there is a video floating around the net already about this...they show the people being talked to and they just keep saying they dont understand. They do not show the girl in the video. They do not show the bodies in the tape I have.

I am wondering how were these people captured.

Were the togehter or what happened...

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from: ex_lagringa850
date: Mar. 23rd, 2003 09:17 pm (UTC)
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i saw the video of them being talked to on cspan tonight. they showed the girl, too. i'm thinking they were all together when they got captured, but i could be wrong.

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from: shoshiki
date: Mar. 23rd, 2003 09:21 pm (UTC)
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they made a wrong turn and were ambushed... I dunno where the wrong turn was or anything.. yes, they were all together... from what I understand them and the ones they killed were...

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