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Thousands Look for Missing GIs
Associated Press  |  May 13, 2007
BAGHDAD - The U.S. military on Sunday confirmed that an Iraqi interpreter was killed along with four U.S. Soldiers in an attack south of Baghdad, leaving three American Soldiers missing.

A U.S. statement Saturday said only that a patrol of seven American Soldiers and an Iraqi army translator had been attacked and that five people were killed and three were missing. It was unclear whether all the missing were Americans.

Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, told reporters Sunday that the interpreter was among the dead.

He also said about 4,000 American forces were involved in the search for the three missing troops in the notorious "triangle of death" south of the capital.

He said the bodies of the three slain Soldiers and the Iraqi interpreter had been identified, but the military was still working to identify the fifth.

"Everybody is fully engaged, the commanders are intimately focused on this, every asset we have from national assets to tactical assets ... are being used all the way down to the 4,000 troops ... to locate these three missing Soldiers," Caldwell said.

The military said the patrol was struck Saturday in a pre-dawn explosion near Mahmoudiya, about 20 miles south of Baghdad - an al-Qaida area where two U.S. Soldiers were found massacred after disappearing at a checkpoint nearly a year ago.

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