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Three Ft. Drum soldiers confirmed killed in ambush south of Baghdad
Three Ft. Drum soldiers confirmed killed in ambush south of Baghdad

Ft. Drum awaits word on captive soldiers

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U.S. aircraft are dropping leaflets on an area south of Baghdad, seeking information on three American soldiers feared captured by al-Qaida. They were lost Saturday in an ambush in the so-called Triangle of Death. Four of their comrades were killed. All are or were members of Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry of the 10th Mountain Division, based at Fort Drum near Watertown. An intensified search involving thousands of U-S soldiers is trying to isolate areas where the captives may have been taken to prevent their captors from moving them. The Department of Defense has identified three of the dead soldiers as 40-year-old Sergeant 1st Class James Connell of Lake City, Tennessee; 19-year-old Private First Class Daniel Courneya of Nashville, Michigan; and 21-year-old Private First Class Christopher Murphy of Lynchburg, Virginia. Four soldiers are listed as missing. They are 23-year-old Sergeant Anthony Schober of Reno, Nevada; 25-year-old Specialist Alex Jimenez of Lawrence, Massachusetts; 20-year-old Private First Class Joseph Anzack of Torrance, California; and 19-year-old Private Byron Fouty of Waterford, Michigan. Fort Drum spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Fitzpatrick said the Army has not yet positively identified one of the four dead soldiers and has listed him among the missing. The grim news spread quickly yesterday morning at Fort Drum. David Sommerstein was outside the base and has our story.

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