Although the primary focus of this site is prisoner of war Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, it is also our duty as American’s to remember and support United States Army Staff Sergeant Ahmed Kousay Altaie and his family. Staff Sergeant Altaie, a military linguist, was kidnapped by enemies of America in Baghdad, Iraq on 23 October 2006. His status remains MISSING/CAPTURED. People can show their support for SSG Altaie by joining with others in the Facebook group Free Prisoner of War in Iraq – US Army Staff Sergeant Ahmed Kousay Altaie.
Find out more about Staff Sergeant Ahmed Kousay Altaie on Wikipedia.
For more photos of SSG Altaie, view a video tribute to him created by his friend and former wife Linda Racey.
We were deeply saddened to learn that the family of United States Army Staff Sergeant Ahmed Kousay Altaie received news on 22 February 2012 that he did not survive his kidnapping and his remains had been recovered. From the Department of Defense:
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On Feb. 25, the armed forces medical examiner at the Dover Port Mortuary in Dover, Del., positively identified the remains of Staff Sgt. Ahmed K. Altaie, of Ann Arbor, Mich. He was assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team, Divisional Training Center, Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Hood, Texas.
On Dec. 11, 2006, a casualty review board declared Altaie “missing – captured” after his disappearance in Baghdad, Iraq on Oct. 23, 2006. Altaie was the final missing soldier and casualty to be recovered from the Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn mission.
For more information, follow HERE to a the the February 27, 2012 NPR report Remains Of Last Missing US Soldier Return From Iraq by Audie Cornish and Michael Phillips.
Follow HERE for video taken at Ahmed Altaie’s funeral.