Thursday, May 24, 2007

"Body of Torrance soldier is found" (Therolf & Sahagun)

The body of Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr. of Torrance was found Wednesday floating down the Euphrates River 12 miles south of the site where he and two other soldiers were captured by insurgents nearly two weeks ago, the U.S. military confirmed this morning.
The soldiers have been the subject of a massive search by thousands of troops since a May 12 ambush that also killed four U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter.
[. . .]
The soldier's aunt, Debbie Anzack, said she was in the apartment when the military officer told the family that the dead serviceman "was Joe." Fighting back tears, she said, "It's unbelievable. Just unbelievable."

The above is from Garrett Therolf and Louis Sahagun's "Body of Torrance soldier is found" (Los Angeles Times). The only thing of interest from the Times of the New York is this from Damien Cave's "Body Found in Iraq Is That of Missing G.I.:"

Military officials on Wednesday declined to provide details on the location or condition of the body and cut off Internet and telephone access for soldiers at bases to limit rumors.

The Times of New York offers people speaking of the two other soldiers still missing and apparently that paper didn't get the report Therolf and Sahagun did:

An Iraqi officer at the site where Anzack's body was found said police had received reports that there were two other bodies in the river, also clad in U.S. military uniforms. But the officer said a witness reported that the bodies had become submerged, and an American search team had not found them. The officer spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to release information.

As with yesterday's news (the discovery of one corpse), the US military is denying that.
And if you look for the Cave article in the paper, you won't find it. Instead, on A13, you'll find "Body Found in Eurphates May Be That of U.S. Soldier Seized in Ambush." The article linked to prior is their attempt to get on top of the story . . . with less details than other outlest have.

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