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Militants take credit for kidnapping U.S. soldiers

11:06 AM, Jun 19, 2006   |    comments
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Cairo, Egypt - An umbrella militant group in Iraq says it kidnapped two U.S. soldiers south of Baghdad. A statement posted on an Islamic Web site says "your brothers in the military wing" captured the men, although it doesn't mention their names. In a statement by Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the Defense Department says the men disappeared Friday after an attack on their checkpoint that killed another soldier. The umbrella group includes al-Qaida in Iraq. The statement has not been confirmed, although the Web site is often used by al-Qaida-linked groups. U.S. officials say they're still trying to confirm that the men have been kidnapped.

AP

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