The two missing Army soldiers, PFC Kristian Menchaca and PFC Thomas L. Tucker, were found murdered today.
BAGHDAD, July 20 -- Two U.S. soldiers missing since an attack on a checkpoint last week have been found dead near a power plant in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials, and Iraqi officials say the soldiers had been tortured.First I want to express my condolences to the Menchaca and Tucker families and all the loved ones of these two brave men. God bless all of you.
Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Muhammed-Jassim, head of operations at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, said the soldiers had been "barbarically" killed. U.S. officials would not confirm or deny that the men, who were identified Monday as Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., had been tortured by their captors.
Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, left, 25, of Madras, Ore., and Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston were apparently kidnapped following an attack by Iraqi insurgents outside the town of Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad.
"Coalition forces have in fact recovered what we believe to be the remains of our two soldiers," said Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, at a Baghdad news conference.
Caldwell said the bodies were found Monday night after dark but were recovered early Tuesday because of concern of makeshift bombs around the bodies.
Caldwell said the area was cordoned off overnight and explosive ordinance teams went in the next day to recover the remains. He said the remains have been taken to a U.S. base in Iraq and will be transported back to the United States for DNA verification and full autopsies.
Secondly, for once will the liberal jacka@@es take their heads out of the ground for once. We're fighting an enemy who will committ any attrocity or brutality for their cause. They need to be squashed before they come to our shores. Wake up America, we're fighting a war for our way of like.
Thank you Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker for serving our country. RIP.
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