Handed over the remains of another Shiite militia, a U.S. soldier missing in Iraq, two months after U.S. troops leave the country and more than five years on the soldier disappeared while he was visiting his wife in secret in Baghdad.
A source in the militia League of the Righteous, said the group acted as an intermediary in the delivery of the remains of the U.S. soldier Ahmad al-Tai to the Iraqi government. The source denied that the group behind the kidnapping and murder.
He said Shiite MP Sami al-Askari who is close to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said the Iraqi government took over the body from the group League of the Righteous on Wednesday and handed over immediately to the U.S. embassy.
He added that Washington's military confirmed that the body is the soldier missing after tests on DNA (De. That. AT).
The Tai - an Iraqi-born immigrants - have joined the U.S. military to work as a translator after the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He returned to Iraq shortly before joining the U.S. Army and married a woman from Baghdad.
The soldier was in 2006 at the age of 41, during his visit to his wife at the height of the sectarian conflict that was going on in Iraq at the time.
He said his uncle Entifadh Qanbar said the family was hit very shocked after hearing the news of his death, but it is evil to take over his remains for burial. And buried near the family home in the state of Michigan.
Qanbar told Reuters by telephone from Dubai, said the family had not yet received any details about the circumstances surrounding how to find the body or manner of his death.
He added that it has been verified by the U.S. military remains in Dover Air Force Base, Delaware.
And Tai is the last American soldiers missing in Iraq. And killed about 4,500 U.S. troops in the period between the invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the withdrawal of U.S. forces late last year.
Qanbar said - a former spokesman for the Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi and live in the region - said the family had not heard anything about the place since 2008, when Tai had received reports that a patient and that his captors are looking for a medicine to treat it.
The League of the Righteous is a branch of the Mehdi Army of Shiite cleric anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who claimed responsibility for killing scores of U.S. soldiers.Washington has frequently accused Iran of supporting the group.
The source said the people of the right Basaúb asked not to be named, said the group is not responsible for the kidnapping or killing al-Tai. He told Reuters: "We have only the role of mediation in the process of delivering it to the Iraqi government."