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Prisoners of war. UNCLASSIFIED. Pfc. Keith M. Maupin 20 724th Transportation Company, Army Reserve Batavia, Ohio

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Prisoners of war


Pfc. Keith M. Maupin


724th Transportation Company, Army Reserve

Batavia, Ohio

Maupin was originally listed as missing since a fuel convoy was attacked near Baghdad International Airport by Iraqi insurgents using rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire on April 9, 2004. A videotape broadcast by Al-Jazeera on April 16, 2004, showed Maupin being held hostage by Iraqi insurgents. The Pentagon has since changed his status to captured.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi militants killed an American soldier they have held hostage for nearly three months, saying the killing was because the U.S. government did not change its policy in Iraq, Al-Jazeera television reported Tuesday.

News of the killing of Spc. Keith M. Maupin, 20, of Batavia, Ohio, came hours after the United States returned sovereignty in Iraq to an interim government. The report did not say when Maupin was killed.

Maupin was captured during an ambush on a convoy west of Baghdad on April 9.

The Arab satellite station aired video showing a blindfolded man sitting on the ground. Al-Jazeera said that in the next scene, gunmen shoot the man in the back of the head, in front of a hole dug in the ground. It did not show the killing.

Maj. Willie Harris, public affairs spokesman for the Army's 88th Regional Readiness Command, said the videotape is being analyzed by the Department of Defense.

"There is no confirmation at this time, that the tape contains footage of Matt Maupin or any other Army soldier," he said, adding that the Maupin family was briefed "as to the existence of a videotape."

Aban Elias,

7 MAY 2004

an Iraqi-American from Denver, was shown blindfolded and pleading for his life on an Arab television station Thursday. Elias was running a gravel operation repairing roads in Iraq