An unidentified soldier, far left, escorts, from left, Chief Warrant Officer David S. Williams, Army Sgt. James Riley and Chief Warrant Officer Ronald D. Young Jr. to a plane in central Iraq on Sunday.
WASHINGTON, April 13 -- Â Coalition forces found seven U.S. troops previously classified as missing on the road between Baghdad and Tikrit, Gen. Tommy Franks said Sunday. The soldiers appear to be healthy.
Five of the rescued were prisoners of war, part of the 507th Maintenance Company convoy that was ambushed in the southern city of Nasiriyah on March 23. The other two soldiers are Army servicemen captured early the morning of March 24 when their AH-64A Apache Longbow attack helicopter was shot down by Iraqis during a predawn airstrike near Najaf, NBC News reported.
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"They're in good shape and I know they're in our hands and under our control now and that's very good," Gen. Tommy Franks, the war's commander, told CNN from war headquarters in the Gulf state of Qatar.