Report: Missing US soldier married Iraqi
[ 2006-10-31 15:42 ]
A honeymoon picture
of Taei and his Iraqi wife
A US Army translator missing after being kidnapped
in Iraq had broken military rules to marry an Iraqi woman and was visiting
her when he was abducted,
according to people who claim to be relatives of the wife.
According to a report in Monday's editions of The New York Times, the
relatives said that the soldier is Ahmed Qusai al-Taei, a 41-year-old
Iraqi-American. The family did not know he was a soldier until after the
kidnapping, the relatives said.
Taei married a 26-year-old college student, Israa Abdul-Satar, three
months ago, the family said. They showed visitors photographs of the
couple's wedding and honeymoon, the newspaper reported.
The relatives said members of the Shi'ite Mahdi Army militia came to
the wife's home on October 23 and dragged Taei into their car.
"They were saying, 'He's an American journalist," said a woman who
claimed she was the soldier's mother-in-law and asked that she be
identified only by her nickname, Um Omar, because of fear of reprisals.
"We were saying, 'No, he's an Iraqi."
Ahmed Abdul-Satar, who said he was the soldier's brother-in-law,
recounted a frantic scene from the kidnapping, with the women of the
family screaming and begging the gunmen not to take Taei.
The military's fraternization policies prohibit active duty personnel from marrying
local civilians, military spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Josslyn Aberle
told the newspaper.
abduct : to carry off by
personnel : 现役军人