7 US Soldiers FOUND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. ChevyCaGal

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    Sunday, April 13, 2003

    Seven American soldiers listed as missing in Iraq have been rescued, American officials said Sunday. Two of the rescued soldiers had gunshot wounds. All were being flown to a military hospital in Kuwait.

    They were recovered by part of a Marine task force that later entered Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, thought to be the last major bastion of the old regime.

    The rescued POWs were identified as Army Spc. Edgar Hernandez, 21, of Mission, Texas; Army Spc. Joseph Hudson, 23, of Alamogordo, N.M.; Army Spc. Shoshana Johnson, 30, of Fort Bliss, Texas; Army Pfc. Patrick Miller, 23, of Park City, Kan.; Army Sgt. James Riley, 31, of Pennsauken, N.J.; Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ronald D. Young, Jr., 26, of Lithia Springs, Ga.; and Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 David S. Williams, 30, of Orlando, Fla.

    Young and Williams are the Apache helicopter pilots who were captured after their aircraft was downed during a mission. The other five are members of the Army's 507th Maintenance Unit whose vehicle was ambushed when it took a wrong turn early in the war.

    An Iraqi tipped off the Marines closing in on Tikrit that they would shortly "come in contact with a number of Americans," Gen. Tommy Franks told Fox News. "I believe our guys picked them up on the road."

    An American reporter who was with the Marine 24th Expeditionary Unit, which found the missing soldiers, said they were brought to an airfield in ambulances and all ran or walked to a C-130 transport plane that was to take them to a hospital in Kuwait.

    Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday that two of the seven soldiers had gunshot wounds.

    Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch, who was rescued April 1 from a hospital in southern Iraq after an Iraqi civilian tipped soldiers off, was also part of the ambushed 507th Maintenance Unit convoy.

    Lynch became the first POW to return home Saturday, entering Walter Reed Medical Center outside Washington. Maj. Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, commander of the facility, described her condition as satisfactory.

    Gen. Franks, who announced the recovery of the missing soldiers, also disclosed that U.S. forces had samples of Saddam Hussein's DNA for potential use in the ongoing effort to determine whether he was alive or dead.

    There were clear signs the war was not over yet. On Sunday, Reuters reported that U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces, some in tanks, were battling just south of Tikrit.

    Canadian National Post reporter Matthew Fisher, who was moving with U.S. forces, told American television that the fighting had been going on for about an hour and a half and was "very significant."

    Meanwhile, possible evidence emerged about the extent of Russian aid to Iraq in the months prior to the war.

    The London Telegraph reported Sunday that it had obtained top-secret documents that were found in the ruins of Iraqi intelligence headquarters.

    The papers detailed Russian offers to provide Iraq with intelligence about private conversations between British Prime Minister Tony Blair and other Western leaders, according to the Telegraph, as well as details about Russia's arms dealings with neighboring countries and names of assassins operating in the West.

    Russian and Iraqi officials had even signed papers agreeing to share intelligence and information about Usama bin Laden, the Telegraph said.

    The documents, written in Arabic, were said to be mainly intelligence reports between anonymous agents and Moscow's embassy in Baghdad.

    As for the whereabouts of the senior leaders of Saddam’s regime, Rumsfeld said Sunday "there's no question" that some had fled to Syria.

    Some had stayed in Syria, while others had moved on to third countries, Rumsfeld said. He declined to identify the individuals or the other countries concerned, or if the United States was prepared to take any punitive action against Syria.

    "We certainly are hopeful Syria will not become a haven for war criminals or terrorists," Rumsfeld said.

    U.S. troops captured one bus filled with Syrians as well as several hundred thousand dollars in cash and "leaflets suggesting that people would be rewarded for killing Americans," Rumsfeld said on CBS' Face the Nation.

    Syria's deputy ambassador to the United States, Imad Moustapha, who appeared after Rumsfeld on Meet the Press, denied that his country was harboring escaped Iraqis. He said it was the responsibility of U.S. troops to monitor Iraq's western border with Syria.

    Rumsfeld said he did not have solid evidence about the fate of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, but "that regime is history forever ... He either is dead or he is going to be caught. We'll find him — the world will find him."

    Pockets of resistance as well as Fedayeen Saddam "death squads" remained in Iraq, Rumsfeld said.

    "The war isn't over. There are still people being killed. We lost some people last night," Rumsfeld said on CBS.

    In Baghdad, cheering of U.S. troops in the heart of the city as recently as a day ago gave way to protests of U.S. occupation by frustrated Iraqis.

    A line of Iraqis showed up at Baghdad's Palestine Hotel Sunday in response to calls from U.S. Marines over loudspeakers for doctors, civil servants and others willing to volunteer to help rebuild Iraq.

    Across the street, with two lines of U.S. troops protecting the international media staying in the Palestine, a group of Iraqis vented their frustrations with the lawlessness of recent days, and also protested a looming health disaster due to a continued lack of electricity, running water and sanitation services.

    But in a sign that life in the heart of Baghdad may be returning to normal, traffic was the heaviest seen since the start of the war.

    Regarding Saddam's DNA, Franks said it could be used to match any DNA samples found at sites of coalition missiles strikes on regime supporters.

    "The appropriate people with the appropriate forensics are doing checks you would find appropriate in each of the places where we think we may have killed regime leadership," Franks said.

    He said coalition forces were looking at 2,000-3,000 suspected weapons of mass destruction sites, and said he expected to be in Baghdad within the week to visit troops.

    Prior to the Marines' arrival in Tikrit, live footage aired by American television showed no signs of active Iraqi defenses and suggested that intensive U.S. airstrikes had taken a heavy toll on the city's military forces.

    However, news media vehicles came under small-arms fire as they tried to enter the city center. A security guard returned fire at least twice, and the news crew quickly drove away.

    With combat in most of Iraq over or winding down, the U.S. military was shifting its focus to stabilizing the country.

    As part of that effort, a team of 32 U.S. Army engineers flew into Baghdad on Sunday help restore electricity. Another project is to establish joint patrols by U.S. soldiers and Iraqi police, aimed at curbing the rampant looting that has wracked Baghdad, Mosul and other cities.

    In Baghdad, the looting spread Sunday to a vast stretch of army barracks and warehouses on the western outskirts.

    Looters using trucks and horse-drawn carts stole toilets, bathtubs, sinks and construction materials from one of the largest warehouses. Nearer the city center, an institute of military studies was looted and gutted by fire.

    Other parts of Baghdad began to return to normalcy. U.S. Army troops guarded banks and hospitals, shops began to open, and hundreds of cars loaded with personal belonging entered from the west, a sign that people who fled the fighting were coming home.

    Some buses were running. Other buses — double-decker ones — had been commandeered by looters to ferry their plunder back home.

    Marines were fanning through neighborhoods of northeast Baghdad, finding large caches of weapons and ammunition in schools, in parked trucks, even in open fields where children play.

    "Get this stuff out," said resident Achmad Idan, 41. "These people can't live here." He was standing next to a blue truck in which anti-tank rounds were discovered.

    In one upscale neighborhood, Marines and special forces found two short-range Frog-7 missiles — each capable of carrying 25 gallons of chemical agents. One, on its mobile transporter/launcher, was found in nursery among potted plants and palm trees; the second was found 500 yards away in a trailer in front of a University of Baghdad administrative building.

    In Mosul, the biggest city in the north, a U.S. Special Forces soldier was shot and wounded Sunday while on a patrol aimed at improving security.

    Maj. Fred Dummar said the soldier was in a Land Rover, driving past a waving crowd, when a bullet smashed through the rear window and struck his leg. The wound was not believed to be life-threatening, but it was expected the soldier would be evacuated to Germany for further treatment.

    Fox News' Jennifer Eccleston and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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