DETROIT — Families say the bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing in Iraq for more than a year have been found.
The father of Army Sgt. Alex Jimenez of Lawrence, Mass., says the military told him Thursday that the remains of his son were identified in Iraq.
The stepfather of Pfc. Byron Fouty of Waterford, Mich., says that soldier's remains were also found there.
Nineteen-year-old Fouty and 25-year-old Jimenez had been missing since May 12, 2007, when they were kidnapped during an ambush. Also seized was Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr. of Torrance, Calif. Anzack's body was found in the Euphrates River.
Jimenez's father, Andy Jimenez of Lawrence, Mass., said uniformed military officials came to his home Thursday to tell him the body had been discovered.
"I have lost all hope. Oh, my God. I have lost all hope," Jimenez said upon learning his son's fate, according to the Eagle-Tribune of Lawrence.
The soldiers' families, who had become friends over the past year, were notified about the same time and had been in touch. The Pentagon generally waits 24 hours after notifying the next of kin before making a release public.
Military: The Senate on Thursday confirmed Gen. David Petraeus as the top commander in the Middle East and Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno to replace Petraeus as the chief military officer in Iraq. The Senate voted 95-2 in favor of Petraeus and 96-1 in favor of Odierno. Petraeus would replace Navy Adm. William J. Fallon as chief of U.S. Central Command. Fallon resigned last month after news reports that he was at odds with the White House over Iran policy.
Diplomacy: In a diplomatic victory for a country torn by violence just a year ago, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki picked up his Turkish counterpart, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at the airport, marking the first visit by a Turkish leader in nearly 20 years. Turkey is seen as key to economic growth. Also, Kuwait announced it will soon name its first ambassador to Iraq since 1990.
Violence: Bombs aimed at Iraqi security patrols in Baghdad left three dead, and in the northern city of Mosul, a police commander was fatally shot and the Turkish driver of a gasoline truck died in a bomb blast.
Military: The U.S. military said it detained 30 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq militants during three days of operations in Baghdad and areas west and north of the capital.
Torture: A case involving the abuse and torture of 10 Iraqi civilians at the hands of the British military was settled, with lawyers for the victims saying the Ministry of Defense agreed to pay them just under $6-million.