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U.S. military: No soldier missing in Iraq
AP Wire (direct feed) | February 1, 2005

Posted on 02/01/2005 1:13:54 PM PST by NYer

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^U.S. military: No soldier missing in Iraq< ^Eds: LEADS throughout to RECAST with doubts over photo's authenticity; UPDATES with details of similarities between image and action figure, quotes from official from Dragon toys. Mispellings and repetitions in the Arabic text. ADD photo<

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ A Web site posted a photograph of what it claimed was a kidnapped U.S. soldier, but doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity and the U.S. military said no soldiers were missing.

A toy manufacturer said the figure in the photo resembled one of its military action figures, originally produced for sale at U.S. bases in Kuwamt>? *42 9:0:2627: 08820922 77 0 +21 94te often used for posting statements from militants, some of which have proven authentic in the past, and was in the name of a group that has claimed previous kidnappings, the Mujahedeen Brigades.

The Arabic text, however, contained several mispellings and repetitions. Staff Sgt. Nick Minecci of the U.S. military's press office in Baghdad said ``no units have reported anyone missing.''

The photo in the posting showed a figure dressed in desert camouflage fatigues, wearing a vest and knee pads and with a gun pointed to its head. All the items are similar to ones that come in a box with the action figure, named ``Cody.'' The figure in the photo appeared stiff and expressionless, and the statement said he was named ``John Adam.''

Liam Cusack, of the toy manufacturer Dragon Models USA, inc., said the image of the soldier portrayed in the photo bore a striking resemblance to the African-American version of its ``Cody'' action figure. ``It is our doll ... to me it definitely looks like it is,'' Cusack told The Associated Press. ``Everything the guy is wearing is exactly what comes with our figure.''

He said the figures were ordered by the U.S. military in Kuwait for sale in their bases, ``so they would have been in region.''

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: denial; hoax; hostages; iraq; johnadam; missing
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1 posted on 02/01/2005 1:13:54 PM PST by NYer
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To: NYer

But some soldier is pissed that his GI Joe set is missing.


2 posted on 02/01/2005 1:15:04 PM PST by Semper Paratus
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To: NYer

Drat! Foiled again!


3 posted on 02/01/2005 1:15:46 PM PST by REDWOOD99
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To: NYer

It appears that the Pentagon, CIA and NSA monitors the FR.


4 posted on 02/01/2005 1:16:02 PM PST by Spok
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To: NYer

Priceless!


5 posted on 02/01/2005 1:16:04 PM PST by Ranger
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To: NYer

The sicko who posted that picture should be shot. I don't find it funny in the least.


6 posted on 02/01/2005 1:16:17 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: NYer
This is great, the terrorists are using toy's, must be getting harder to kidnap people. This will make a fool out of all of them.
7 posted on 02/01/2005 1:17:07 PM PST by mammer
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To: NYer

The insurgents seem to have been watching the 'Team America' bootleg DVD one too many times..


8 posted on 02/01/2005 1:17:08 PM PST by gopwinsin04
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To: NYer

We know.


9 posted on 02/01/2005 1:17:28 PM PST by nuffsenuff
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To: NYer

Well gee if these iraqi fanatics wanted to play dolls why don't just ask.


10 posted on 02/01/2005 1:17:31 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: NYer
Is anyone watching CSPAN2, the Senate on the Gonzales matter - Senator Kennedy is at it again.......tune in.
11 posted on 02/01/2005 1:17:43 PM PST by yoe (Bye-bye Teddy and Kerry.........)
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To: Spok

As well they should. This is where true patriots hang out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


12 posted on 02/01/2005 1:19:01 PM PST by RetiredArmy (The Democratic Party would make Uncle Joe Stalin Proud!)
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To: Calpernia; cyncooper; Howlin; Texas Eagle; All

So Dan Rather is now running propoganda for the terrorists...

Sad, really sad.


13 posted on 02/01/2005 1:20:12 PM PST by ArmyBratproud
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To: NYer

Well, I've got a question... why sell those figurines on the overseas US Military bases? Why would a soldier want to play with toy soldiers?


14 posted on 02/01/2005 1:20:29 PM PST by Nataku X (Food for Thought: http://web2.airmail.net/scsr/)
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To: ArmyBratproud; All

That doll was no more artificial than his memo!


15 posted on 02/01/2005 1:21:15 PM PST by .cnI redruM (The Iraqis voted. The insurgency lost. Tell the DU it's over.)
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To: Spok

Now who would volunteer for boring duty like that?


16 posted on 02/01/2005 1:22:13 PM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know, don't talk. Those who talk, don't know.)
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To: NYer
Here's the real picture of the soldier taken hostage:
17 posted on 02/01/2005 1:22:22 PM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: GottaLuvAkitas1

"AF is short of water."


18 posted on 02/01/2005 1:22:53 PM PST by ASA Vet (Those who know, don't talk. Those who talk, don't know.)
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To: yoe

"Is anyone watching CSPAN2, the Senate on the Gonzales matter - Senator Kennedy is at it again.......tune in."

I'm watching.
WTH? Does he ever stop!?


19 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:13 PM PST by GottaLuvAkitas1 (Ronald Reagan is the TRUE "Father Of Our Country".)
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To: Spok
It appears that the Pentagon, CIA and NSA monitors the FR.

WE ARE THE FR!......

20 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:24 PM PST by Red Badger (ANONYMOUS IRAQI VOTER: "I dipped it deep as if I was poking the eyes of all the world's tyrants.)
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To: NYer

Yep, beat me to it. My AP Wire software sounded the alarm 20 minutes ago.


21 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:42 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (PEST/Suicide Hotline 1-800-BUSH-WON)
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To: mammer

Make a fool out of them? What about the media that JUMPED all over this? Now they have to retrack the story without looking like idiots (they are though)...hahaha


22 posted on 02/01/2005 1:23:53 PM PST by anotherdubya
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To: ASA Vet

HAHAHA!

Battle of Midway.


23 posted on 02/01/2005 1:25:40 PM PST by adam_az (UN out of the US! - http://www.moveamericaforward.org/?Page=Petition)
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To: Spok; cardinal4

Certainly some of their retired officers do.


24 posted on 02/01/2005 1:25:52 PM PST by Ax (I learned all I needed to know about Islam during my two years in Saudi Arabia.)
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To: ASA Vet

"AFP is short of brains."


25 posted on 02/01/2005 1:26:09 PM PST by adam_az (UN out of the US! - http://www.moveamericaforward.org/?Page=Petition)
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To: ArmyBratproud

26 posted on 02/01/2005 1:29:04 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Nataku X

Maybe they can buy them and send them to their kids back home or something like that. I don't know.


27 posted on 02/01/2005 1:30:54 PM PST by ThermoNuclearWarrior (PRESSURE BUSH TO CLOSE THE BORDERS!!!)
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To: NYer

No dolls for Oil!!!!


28 posted on 02/01/2005 1:32:34 PM PST by redhawk
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To: NYer

CNN just had a snippet on about 30 minutes ago where Jesse Jackson has asked that the soldier be released.

Is this the same thing? Was Jesse duped?


29 posted on 02/01/2005 1:33:08 PM PST by hattend (Liberals! Beware the Perfect Rovian Storm [All Hail, Chimpus Khan!])
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To: NYer

LOL!!! Took them long enough.


30 posted on 02/01/2005 1:33:30 PM PST by Tempest (Click on my name for a long list of press contacts)
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To: Semper Paratus

31 posted on 02/01/2005 1:33:55 PM PST by Samwise ("Mr. Kerry, you are a jerk.")
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To: gopwinsin04
The insurgents seem to have been watching the 'Team America' bootleg DVD one too many times..

If you get in trouble, just wave your arms.

32 posted on 02/01/2005 1:35:54 PM PST by hattend (Liberals! Beware the Perfect Rovian Storm [All Hail, Chimpus Khan!])
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To: Nataku X
why sell those figurines on the overseas US Military bases?

A gift for a soldier to send home to his kids, maybe? I used to do some business with a Canadian Forces base store and whenever there was a big peacekeeping deployment they'd have a run on teddy bears in Canadian Forces uniforms.

33 posted on 02/01/2005 1:37:39 PM PST by mitchbert (Facts Are Stubborn Things)
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To: Dark Wing; Shermy; Dog Gone; a_Turk; TigerLikesRooster; AmericanInTokyo

Terrorists are holding GI Joe hostage. Will Barbie be next?


34 posted on 02/01/2005 1:38:13 PM PST by Thud
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To: mammer

Yeah, this is right up there with Al Qeada's videotaped "threat" right before our elections. I'm waiting for Osama to show up on "Crank Yankers", except I think they might be too busy "yanking" something else.


35 posted on 02/01/2005 1:38:19 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: hattend
"CNN just had a snippet on about 30 minutes ago where Jesse Jackson has asked that the soldier be released."

Did Jesse volunteer to go there and negotiate for the release of that captive doll?? LOL

36 posted on 02/01/2005 1:39:51 PM PST by LADY J
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To: Thud
......Humor..... thread over here:

Special Forces Sent in to Rescue 'Soldier'

37 posted on 02/01/2005 1:42:56 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (A Proud member of Free Republic ~~The New Face of the Fourth Estate since 1996.)
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To: NYer
Its TRUE!! Not one missing! There are two missing!!
38 posted on 02/01/2005 1:43:08 PM PST by Next_Time_NJ (NJ demorat exterminator)
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To: NYer
Baghdad Zog aka John Zogby, the former political jokester, er, pollster, said, "That picture is of a real US Soldier, and it is Bush's, Cheney's, Rummy's and Haliburton's fault!"

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39 posted on 02/01/2005 1:45:08 PM PST by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a weapon of mass disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: NYer
Appears to be an Iraqi......if it's legit at all.

Unless it's the missing marine again!!!! The one who went AWOL from Iraq and again from California.

40 posted on 02/01/2005 1:45:37 PM PST by OldFriend (America's glory is not dominion, but liberty.)
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To: dfwgator

41 posted on 02/01/2005 1:47:13 PM PST by b4its2late (Born free...Taxed to death and lied to by the Liberal Media.)
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To: NYer
My local liberal news station (Fox station--can you believe it?) did this story like it was a HUGE DEAL! I'll wait for their retraction/correction/clarification/airing of the truth....(wind blows, crickets chirp...)
42 posted on 02/01/2005 1:47:43 PM PST by Recovering_Democrat (I'm so glad to no longer be associated with the Party of Dependence on Government!)
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To: ASA Vet

Nobody studies history anymore, like you know? It's so yesterday.


43 posted on 02/01/2005 1:47:51 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: NYer

44 posted on 02/01/2005 1:48:00 PM PST by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: steveo

Oh wow.


45 posted on 02/01/2005 1:48:39 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
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To: hattend
Was Jesse duped/

Well, he's a dupe isn't he?

46 posted on 02/01/2005 1:49:07 PM PST by Mr. Lucky
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To: NYer
Thank God.

God bless and protect our brave soldiers and Marines fighting for our freedom and our way of life against the ISlamofacist terrorists.

47 posted on 02/01/2005 1:51:49 PM PST by jveritas
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To: Thud

Dang, this is one of the funniest stories ever. The MSM has so much egg on their face.


48 posted on 02/01/2005 1:56:24 PM PST by Dog Gone
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To: anotherdubya

The media had high HOPES it was real. They have been waiting for this for quite some time.


49 posted on 02/01/2005 1:56:48 PM PST by hophead ("Enjoy Every Sandwich")
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To: Mr. Lucky

dupe, dope, it's only a vowel.


50 posted on 02/01/2005 2:00:14 PM PST by hattend (Liberals! Beware the Perfect Rovian Storm [All Hail, Chimpus Khan!])
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