I didn't post about this yesterday because I was so angry. I still am.
The two soldiers suffered severe trauma, and the bodies were desecrated to the point that visual identification is impossible. No formal statement has been issued as to their condition. The Army is conducting the formality of a DNA test.
Iraqi civilians spotted the bodies and reported to the military. The bodies themselves were booby-trapped, and the road was lined with IED's. It took our troops 12 hours to clear the area and reach the bodies.
See the CNN video here.
A senior Iraqi military official, Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Mohammed, said early Tuesday the bodies had been found near a power plant not far from the site where they were attacked."With great regret, they were killed in a barbaric way," he said in remarks that were widely reported.
In subsequent sweeps, two terrorists were killed, and 78 suspected "insurgents" were detained. There's a little fact you won't here in the MSM.
And now I'm sure we'll hear the "hijacked religion of peace" crap. A web site that frequently posts terrorist messages published this statement:
"We announce the good news to our Islamic nation that we executed God's will and slaughtered the two crusader animals we had in captivity," said the claim, reportedly from the Mujahedeen Shura Council, a group linked to al Qaeda.
"And God has given our Emir, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, the good fortune of carrying out the legitimate court's command in person."
The U.S. military believes al-Muhajer is another name for Abu Ayyub al-Masri, an Egyptian-born terrorist who it believes has replaced Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this month, as leader of al Qaeda in Iraq.In fact, the word "nahr" was used to describe the slaughter, which is the Arabic term for slitting a sheep's throat.
Who in their right mind can think that we are not in a holy war? Maybe we don't want this to be about religion, and Islam... But they do! These people are animals; they tore the bodies of two men apart and celebrated in the name of God.
Who in their right mind could believe that just going away will stop these beasts? If we do as Murtha or Kerry suggest, the civilians of Iraq will be the next to be mutilated. Stay the course; do not let these two brave and honored dead to have given their lives in vain.