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In Iraq in June 2006, two soldiers of the United States Army were abducted and later murdered and mutilated by members of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, during a time when military forces of the U.S. and a dozen other countries were conducting military operations in Iraq to "bring order to parts of that country that remain[ed] dangerous".

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  • In Iraq in June 2006, two soldiers of the United States Army were abducted and later murdered and mutilated by members of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, during a time when military forces of the U.S. and a dozen other countries were conducting military operations in Iraq to "bring order to parts of that country that remain[ed] dangerous". On 16 June 2006, a U.S. military checkpoint near Baghdad was attacked. One of the three U.S. soldiers manning the checkpoint was killed, and the two others, Menchaca and Tucker, were abducted. Those two were recovered three days later, according to an Iraqi spokesman "killed in a very brutal way and tortured". The Mujahedeen Shura Council—an organization of six groups, including Tanzim Qaidat al-Jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn ("al-Qaeda in Iraq"), and forerunner of Islamic State of Iraq and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)—claimed afterwards to have "slaughtered" the two abducted soldiers in revenge for the raping of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family by soldiers of the same unit. However, the veracity of this stated motive was disputed by some, as knowledge about U.S. involvement in the rape and murder was not widely known at the time of the attack and the original declaration announcing the kidnapping had made no mention of it. (en)
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  • Kristian Menchaca, Thomas L. Tucker, and David J. Babineau (en)
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  • In Iraq in June 2006, two soldiers of the United States Army were abducted and later murdered and mutilated by members of the Mujahedeen Shura Council, during a time when military forces of the U.S. and a dozen other countries were conducting military operations in Iraq to "bring order to parts of that country that remain[ed] dangerous". (en)
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  • June 2006 abduction of United States soldiers in Iraq (en)
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