Three U.S. soldiers are still listed as missing in the Iraq war.

Pvt. Byron Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich., and Spc. Alex Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass., have been missing since a May 12 ambush in which another soldier also was taken captive. The remains of the third soldier, Pfc. Joseph Anzack Jr., were discovered later that month.

A U.S. military spokesman with the division in charge of operations south of Baghdad said the search for Fouty and Jimenez “remains Multi-National Division– Center’s priority No. 1.

“The search that began on May 12th continues. We pursue every lead,” Lt. Col. Randy Martin said Monday. “We have established a cell within the division headquarters that is dedicated to the search.”

Several suspects in the abductions have been arrested by U.S. troops; in December, 2nd Cavalry Regiment soldiers captured an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq operative who the military says was “linked” to the incident.

In November, U.S. troops extensively searched an area near the town of Owesat after receiving a tip from local residents. Search dogs and imaging equipment roamed over the rocks and sand pits lining the farming village, which lies along the Euphrates River, about 15 miles southwest of Baghdad. But no announcement was made about any evidence being found.

The U.S. military has a 252 million dinar (about $200,000) reward for anyone who leads soldiers to Jimenez and Fouty, U.S. officials said.

The third U.S. soldier listed as missing in Iraq is Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie. In October 2006, Altaie, 41, of Ann Arbor, Mich., “allegedly was kidnapped while on his way to visit family in Baghdad,” the Department of Defense announced. Altaie had been assigned to Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad.

Around two months later, on Dec. 11, the Pentagon changed Altaie’s status from “duty status whereabouts unknown” to “missing-captured.”

Altaie’s parents, who also live in Michigan, said he had been abducted from a relative’s house in Baghdad. Altaie married an Iraqi woman who lives in Baghdad before he joined the Army, family members said.

A fourth servicemember has been listed as missing since the Persian Gulf War. Navy pilot Scott Speicher — for whom a large U.S. base in Iraq is named — was shot down in 1991 and has been listed as missing since.

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