"Head Wounds And Whip Marks"
A body pulled from the Euphrates River south of Baghad Wednesday was identified as one of three American soldiers abducted two weeks ago in an ambush claimed by al-Qaida, relatives and officials said.Reuters:
Military officials told the family of Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance, Calif., that a commanding officer identified the remains recovered from the river, but that DNA tests were still pending.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, the chief U.S. military spokesman in Iraq, said the remains, later identified as those of Anzack, were recovered by Iraqi police.
Hassan al-Jibouri, 32, said he saw the body with head wounds and whip marks on its back floating on the river Wednesday morning. He and others then alerted police.
Police said the corpse of a Western-looking man pulled from the Euphrates River south of Baghdad on Wednesday was that of one of three U.S. soldiers missing since an ambush on May 12. The half-naked body had bullet wounds and bore signs of torture.It's highly unlikely that his captors would have ever treated him humanely, regardless of our own interrogation methods. But to what extent can we be righteously indignant? If given the job of calling Pfc. Anzack's family to explain how he died, what would a chest-thumping, "enhanced interrogation" opiner or presidential candidate -- one unencumbered by previous military service, of course -- say?
Captain Muthanna al-Maamouri, a police spokesman in the provincial capital Hilla, said there were wounds to the torso and shaved head of the body, which was wearing U.S. Army-issue pants and boots and had a tattoo on the left arm.
"This is one of the missing soldiers," he said.
A river patrol police officer in Mussayab, 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, said the man appeared to have been killed about a week ago, and his head showed signs of torture.