An al-Qaida-linked group in Iraq says it killed three U.S. soldiers who disappeared after an attack south of Baghdad last month.
The group, the "Islamic State of Iraq," said in a video posted on the Internet that it killed the three soldiers after capturing them.
The body of one of the American soldiers was found in a canal two weeks ago. The video message said the other two soldiers were killed and buried, but it did not offer proof. The video also showed the military identity cards of the two soldiers.
A U.S. military spokesman, Brigadier General Kevin Bergner says U.S. and Iraqi forces are continuing to search for the two missing soldiers, despite the release of the video. He says the video does not contain any definitive evidence about their status.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military says eight American soldiers were wounded Sunday in an attack involving roadside bombs, small arms fire and mortar rounds at a patrol base southeast of Baghdad.
The military also says U.S. and Iraqi troops detained a suspected terrorist and killed another Monday during raids in Baghdad.
U.S. military forces say at least 14 American soldiers were killed in Iraq in the first three days of June. In May, 127 U.S. troops were killed, making it the third-deadliest month for U.S. forces since the invasion of Iraq in 2003.