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Search Continues for Two Missing American Soldiers in Iraq


The U.S. military in Iraq says an intense search is still on for two American soldiers missing since late Friday after their team came under attack.

A military statement Sunday said contrary to some media reports, the soldiers are still listed as "whereabouts unknown."

Witnesses told Western media that masked gunmen carried the soldiers away after Friday's attack south of Baghdad in Yusufiyah - part of an area known as the "Triangle of Death." One U.S. soldier died in the attack.

Meanwhile, U.S. and Iraqi forces stepped up efforts to isolate insurgents in the volatile city of Ramadi. Military officials say they are setting up checkpoints in and around the city to prevent insurgents from getting supplies and reinforcements.

In violence Sunday, Iraqi police say gunmen seized 10 workers from a bakery in a predominantly Shi'ite Baghdad neighborhood. And police found at least nine bodies that showed signs of torture in the capital.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.
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