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Monday, October 23, 2006

US soldier kidnapped

Search on for missing U.S. soldier in Iraq
POSTED: 7:25 p.m. EDT, October 23, 2006

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A search is under way for a U.S. soldier who went missing in Iraq Monday evening, amid fears the soldier might have been kidnapped.

A military official in Washington told The Associated Press the missing service member was an Army translator.

In the effort to find the soldier, U.S. forces searched the headquarters of Al-Furat TV. The AP reports the troops disarmed 40 guards, but allowed the management and editorial teams to continue working.

The search of the TV station, which is linked to Iraq's largest political bloc, prompted the country's national security adviser, Muwaffaq al-Rubaie, to go to the scene to ask why the raid was taking place, an Iraqi government security official told CNN.

Al-Rubaie demanded that the weapons be returned, and they were, according to CNN correspondent John Roberts, who was embedded with troops conducting the search.

The duty status of the soldier, who has not been identified, was listed as "whereabouts unknown" at 7:30 p.m. Baghdad time, according to a statement from Multi-National Corps - Iraq.

Roberts reported that when the soldier was first noticed missing at 5:30 p.m., the U.S. troops Roberts was with searched for more than two hours.

Coalition troops and Iraqi security forces will continue to search for the missing soldier, the military statement said.

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