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Search goes on for missing Americans in Iraq

AP at SFGate

Please read this story from the beginning here, we start with the missing contractors

Besides al-Taie, the Personnel Recovery Division is also looking for seven other Americans, four South Africans and a British man.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Jimmy Smith, the division’s deputy director, said nine American abductees, including three who were still alive, have been recovered in Iraq since 2004.

The military said it is developing a plan to transfer the cases concerning American citizens to the U.S. State Department, which has promised to maintain a strong diplomatic presence after the troops leave. The other cases will be turned over to their respective countries.

Many kidnap victims were engineers and businessmen participating in the effort to rebuild Iraq.

Jeffrey Ake, of LaPorte, Indiana, has been missing since April 11, 2005, when he was abducted by masked gunmen at a water treatment plant where he was working in the Taji area north of Baghdad. A witness said the kidnappers tied Ake’s hands behind his back and placed him in a black vehicle that sped away, according to a U.S. military incident report released by WikiLeaks.

Ake, a father of four who was 47 when he was captured, was last seen in a video two days later in which masked gunmen stood by as he pleaded for his life.

The U.S. military said his captors called Ake’s wife, Liliana, shortly after the video was broadcast and began making demands but at some point cut off communication for unknown reasons.

Since then, just silence.

Infanti stresses that he and his team haven’t given up on finding someone alive.

“Until somebody shows me different, they’re alive. I don’t care how long it’s been,” he said. “It doesn’t turn out the way you want to all the time but you don’t stop.”

January 22, 2011 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Iraq, State Department | , , , , ,

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