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Iraqi Police Find Body That May Be Missing US Soldier

23 May 2007

Iraqi police have found the body of a man they believe is one of three U.S. soldiers missing since May 12 and believed captured by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.

Iraqi authorities say the body was wearing what appears to be a U.S. military uniform and was found floating in the Euphrates River in Babil province south of Baghdad.

Iraqi police have turned the body over to the U.S. military, which is investigating.

Thousands of U.S. troops and Iraqi forces are searching for the missing American soldiers.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber killed 20 people in a restaurant in the town of Mandali near the Iranian border.

In other developments, the U.S. military says seven soldiers and two Marines were killed Tuesday in roadside bombings and gunbattles across Iraq.

And a New York-based media rights group has urged Iraq's government to reverse a ban on journalists from the immediate aftermath of bomb attacks.

The head of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Joel Simon, said in a letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki the ban appears to be an attempt to limit media coverage of unwelcome news.

Iraq's government recently announced reporters will not be allowed at a bombing site for one hour following an attack. Reasons given for the ban include protecting reporters from secondary attacks and preserving evidence from attacks.

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

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