U.S Military Says It Has Al-Qaeda Kidnap Gang Cornered

Using dogs and helicopters, U.S. forces searching for three soldiers captured by Al-Qaeda on Saturday say the group is cornered in an area near Baghdad.

The three soldiers from Fort Drum's 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division were captured by Al Qaeda after being ambushed on an IED patrol.

"Right now our focus is on searching for the missing soldiers, and we're trying to isolate the areas where we think they could be,"
said Army Maj. Kenny Mintz, the brigade operations officer for the 2nd BCT, 10th Mountain Division in a Multinational Corps Iraq news release.

"The (captors) don't have freedom of movement; if they have the soldiers, they can't move them from where they are. We're doing a deliberate search of the areas for the people responsible for the soldiers we're looking for,"
he said.

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