Tuesday, June 20, 2006
This is terrible news: Privates Thomas Lowell Tucker, 25, and Kristian Menchaca, 23, were found by a joint US-Iraqi force on Monday, dead. They had been "brutally" tortured before being killed, according to Iraqi Defence Ministry official Major General Abdul Aziz Mohammed.
The two soldiers had gone missing Friday evening after their patrol had been ambushed at a checkpoint in Yusufiya, in the so-called "Triangle of Death," an area believed to be controlled by al-Qaeda. They had been the object of a massive S&R effort involving thousands of troops as well as aircraft over the weekend.
Their bodies were recovered Monday by Coalition forces involved in the search.
My condolences to their families.