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Soldiers Reported Captured Were Never Missing

Soldiers Reported Captured Were Never Missing

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(Pentagon-AP) -- The Pentagon says two soldiers who were reported captured by Saddam Hussein loyalists were actually never missing.

A previously unknown group issued a statement to a Lebanese T-V station saying it had captured two U-S soldiers in an attack on a military convoy west of Baghdad. The broadcast shows a typewritten statement and two I-D cards -- a military I-D and a Pennsylvania driver's license.

But military officials say one of the soldiers has been getting treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas for the past eight days. He lost his I-D when he was injured by a land mine in Iraq.

The military says the second card was just a business card belonging to a female soldier in a National Guard unit from Louisiana. She's said to be safe as well.

The claim came from a group that calls itself the Al-Madina al-Munawara Division. It says it's made up of members of the former Iraqi army. Saddam's old Republican Guard included a unit by that name.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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