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Pentagon: Soldiers Said Captured Are Safe

By the time a shadowy group of Iraqis claimed to have captured Maj. Andrew C. Peters, he had spent a week in an Army hospital in Texas recovering from a land mine explosion in Iraq. His Pennsylvania driver’s license was one of two identification cards the Iraqi group gave a Lebanese broadcast network Friday to back up its claim to have captured two American officers. Within hours, Pentagon officials said the kidnapping story was bogus, that both soldiers were safe and never had gone missing. “It’s definitely a surprise,” said Col. David Ellis, the acting commander of Brooke Army Medical Center, where Peters had surgery Friday. “He’s a good patient and is doing well.” Still unclear is whether the “Al-Madina al-Munawara Division,” which made the kidnapping claim, is a real group of former Iraqi troops. Saddam Hussein’s elite Republican Guard had a unit by that name — but it was pounded by U.S. forces during fighting in March and April and largely destroyed. Full Story

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