Seven U.S. soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter came under attack while on patrol Saturday morning at 4:44 a.m. near Mahmoudiya, a Sunni controlled area about 20 miles south of Baghdad. Nearby units heard explosions near the patrol and a drone plane later observed two burning vehicles. Troops that arrived on the scene about an hour later discovered that five soldiers were killed and the other three missing. A massive search is currently under way.

This attack occurred in the same area where two American soldiers went missing nearly a year ago, and I’m sure all of you remember the outcome of that kidnapping. Please take a little time out of your schedule this morning to say a prayer for these missing soldiers.

THIS IS A LINK TO THE OFFICIAL DOD RELEASE CONCERNING THE EVENTS THAT TOOK PLACE IN MAHMUDIYAH: American Forces Press Service

UPDATED 3:00 PM (CST): Residents in Mahmudiya said gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms had stopped a U.S. patrol comprised of three Humvees at a fake checkpoint before attacking the soldiers, an Iraqi army source told Reuters.

The area of orchards and palm groves south of Baghdad is a bastion of Sunni Arab militants including al Qaeda. The district is known as the Sunni “Triangle of Death” for the large number of attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces.
(Source – The Star Online)

UPDATED 8:30 PM (CST): U.S. and Iraqi troops searched house-to-house and combed fields with their bare hands Saturday after American troops and their Iraqi interpreter came under attack in the notorious “triangle of death” south of Baghdad, leaving five dead and three missing. Checkpoints were established throughout the area, while helicopters and jets buzzed overhead. AP Television News footage showed Iraqi soldiers picking through cattails and other weeds as they searched fields and canals for clues.Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman, said the search would continue throughout the night.”A lot of our vehicles have thermal capabilities, which sometimes work better at night than they do during the day,” he said.

An Iraqi army officer who was familiar with the search said joint U.S.-Iraqi forces had sealed off the area and were conducting house-to-house searches, rounding up dozens of suspects. The military declined to comment on detentions but said troops were looking for suspects. The Iraqi officer said U.S. troops singled out seven suspects out of as many as 50, including a wounded man who was hiding in a house and confessed to participating in the attack. He said most of the houses searched near the attack contained only women and children because the men had fled, fearing arrest.
(Source – PostStar.com)

UPDATED 11:00 AM (CST): The Islamic State in Iraq, an al-Qaida front group, said it had captured several soldiers in the attack, but offered no proof to back up its claim, posted on an Islamic Web site.

I will try to keep my eye on this situation throughout the day and update this post as news becomes available. If any of the Right Pundits crew comes across any new information feel free to edit this post to include updates.