Waiting for the Missing Soldier

Fields-Meyer, Thomas; Sandler, Barbara; Schlesinger, Robert
January 2005
People;1/17/2005, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p105
The article looks at United States soldier Matt Maupin who is missing in action in the Iraq War. Of some 250,000 U.S. troops who have served in Iraq since March 2003, Maupin, now a specialist, is the only one classified as captured. A clue surfaced on April 16, 2004, when al-Jazeera, the Arabic television station, broadcast grainy footage of Maupin nervously chewing his lower lip as he sat surrounded by six masked men holding automatic rifles. On June 28, a far more horrifying video aired on al-Jazeera showing a blindfolded soldier, seen only from the back but identified by an Arabic-speaking narrator as Matt Maupin. Al-Jazeera reported that the figure was then shot in the back of the head in front of a pit. Military investigators say the tape is "inconclusive." Matt's parents--who examined still images they said did not resemble Matt--hold out hope.


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