Americans Missing in Iraq and 9/11

The longest missing American in Iraq is a contractor by the name of Kirk von Ackermann. Von Ackermann was a former counter terrorism officer, who served in the Asymmetric Threat Division, or DO5, at Joint Forces Command while in the US Air Force. In August of 2003, he went to Turkey to work for a logistics company serving US military bases in the Tikrit region of Iraq. Several hours after a meeting at a base outside of Balad, Iraq, his vehicle was found abandoned on an isolated road between Tikrit and Kirkuk.

The eight year anniversary of his disappearance is next month, on October 9. He left behind a wife and three young children. At the time, they were preparing to move to Turkey.

Kirk von Ackermann's former intelligence unit, DO5, is in the news today.

New Documents Suggest DoD Watchdog Covered Up Intelligence Unit's Work Tracking 9/11 Terrorists
By Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold
Truthout, September 9, 2011

Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold of Truthout have published a new article about the DoD efforts to suppress information about DO5's activities from Congress. You see, DO5 predicted that commercial airlines would be hijacked and flown intuit he world trade center towers. And that information was briefed at senior levels of the intelligence community.

As Jeffrey Kaye points out in a recent interview - no one seems interested in learning what the defense intelligence community has to say about 9/11. All attention to date remains focused on the CIA and FBI even though 80% of all intelligence spending is for the Department of Defense.

If you haven't been following the story of the whistelbower, IRON MAN, DO5, the Joint Forces Intelligence Command and how it ties into 9/11, you've got some catching up to do!

Americans Missing in Iraq

Cross posted from The Missing Man

LAST UPDATED: August 13, 2011

Attached is a chart showing the incident date, name, link to incident report (SIGACT) when available, and status of those Americans known to be missing and/or held hostage in Iraq in table format.

Text of available SIGACT reports are now posted at the Missing Man, SIGACT Reports of Americans Missing in Iraq.

I will continue to update this post as new information comes to light.

REVISIONS

August 13, 2011 - Added Neenus Y. Khoshaba of Skokie, Illinois to table, kidnapped on May 17, 2005. 

August 8, 2011 - two additional names of the missing revealed and an alternative spelling for Bob Hamza but incident dates remain unknown: Neenus Khoshaba, Hussain al-Zurufi, Bob Hamze. See Missing Men

January 23, 2011 - in all likelihood, the name 'Bob Hamza' should be included in the chart below but the date of his abduction remains unknown. See Bob Hamza - missing

December 19, 2010 - corrected date of the abduction of Tom Fox to November 26, 2005

October 23, 2010 - (ongoing) adding links to the initial incident reports as I find them at WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs October 14, 2010 - addition of the name of Abbas Kareem Naama (Tim Naama) who was kidnapped on the morning of September 27, 2005 in Baghdad, Iraq.

August 9, 2010 - based on National Counterterrorism Center data and statistics included in the annual Country Reports on Terrorism from the US Department of State

Americans Missing in Iraq - as of August 13, 2011

(Note: reference links in the chart are currently broken. For active links, see SIGACT Reports of Americans Missing in Iraq.)

Names missing from the chart below: Hussain al-Zurufi, Bob Hamze

  Date Name - incident report Status  
1 Oct 9, 2003 Kirk von Ackermann missing 1
2 Apr 9, 2004 Thomas Hamill (see note above) escaped  
3 Apr 9, 2004 Nicholas Evan Berg deceased  
4 Apr 9, 2004 William Bradley deceased  
5 Apr 9, 2004 Pfc Keith Matthew Maupin deceased  
6 Apr 9, 2004 Timothy E Bell missing 2
7 May 3, 2004 Aban Elias missing 3
8 Aug 13, 2004 Micah Garen released  
9 Sept 16, 2004 Jack Henlsey deceased  
10 Sept 16, 2004 Olin Eugene Armstrong Jr deceased  
11 Oct 10, 2004 Paul Taggart released  
12 Nov 1, 2004 Roy Hallums released  
13 Nov 2, 2004 Dean Sadek missing 4
14 Apr 11, 2005 Jeffrey Ake missing 5
15 May 17, 2005 Neenus Y. Khoshaba - incident? missing 6
16 Aug 2, 2005 Steven Charles Vincent deceased  
17 Sept 27, 2005 Abbas Kareem Naama (Tim) missing 7
18 Nov 25, 2005 Ronald Alan Schulz  deceased  
19 Nov 26, 2005 Thomas William Fox deceased  
20 Dec 2, 2005 unknown #1 missing 8
21 Jan 7, 2006 Jill Carroll released  
22 Jun 16, 2006 Pfc Kristian Menchaca deceased  
23 Jun 16, 2006 Pfc Thomas Tucker deceased  
24 Oct 23, 2006 Sgt Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie missing 9
25 Nov 16, 2006 Jonathon Michael Cote deceased  
26 Nov 16, 2006 Paul Christopher Johnson-Reuben deceased  
27 Nov 16, 2006 Joshua Mark Munns deceased  
28 Nov 16, 2006 John Roy Young deceased  
29 Nov 27, 2006 Maj Troy Lee Gilbert (deceased) missing 10
30 Jan 5, 2007 Ronald J Withrow deceased  
31 Jan 27, 2007 unknown #2 - incident? missing 11
32 Jan 27, 2007 unknown #3 - incident? missing 12
33 Feb 1, 2007 unknown #4 Iraqi-American missing 13
34 Mar 3, 2007 unknown #5 American-Iraqi missing 14
35 Apr 25, 2007 unknown #6 missing 15
36 May 12, 2007 Sgt Alex Ramon Jimenez deceased  
37 May 12, 2007 Pfc Byron W Fouty deceased  
38 May 25, 2007 unknown #7 missing 16
39 Aug 17, 2007 unknown #8 missing 17
40 summer 2008 unknown #9 missing 18
41 May 21, 2009 Jim Kitterman deceased  
42 Jan 23, 2010 Issa T Salomi released  

Not included in the chart (at this time) are the troops taken POW (status: missing) during the invasion of March 2003. All were Returned to Military Control:

Spc. Edgar Hernandez
Spc. Joseph Hudson
Spc. Shoshana Johnson
Pfc. Patrick Miller
Sgt. James Riley
Pfc. Jessica Lynch
Chief warrant officer David Williams
Chief warrant officer Ronald Young Jr.

US Navy pilot Capt. Michael Scott Speicher, shot down during Gulf War I, is also not included. Speicher's remains were recovered in August of 2009.

US Marine Corporal Wassef Ali Hassoun, accused by the US military of having deserted in Iraq on June 19, 2004, is also not included. Hassoun is believed to be currently in hiding in Lebanon.

Additions/corrections are welcome, please email me at susie.dow at gmail.com

About the Data

Links to the initial incident reports have been culled from the WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs. Incident reports should more properly be referred to as 'SIGACT,' short for 'Significant Activity' or 'Significant Action.'

  • the data is based on news reports which often contradict each other
  • an article from April 2010 (US Operation aims to find missing) cites 11 missing Americans
  • a February 2010 article cites 17 missing (They search if someone's missing in Iraq) which conflicts with the current count of 18. Think positive, let's assume someone was released.
  • an article from October 2008 cites a total of 39 kidnapped Americans of which 22 are known to have been executed (Iraq calmer but copycat kidnappings spread). The chart above was started with 39 kidnapped Americans as a base line.
  • the data represents the minimum number of missing Americans. Companies and/or families may deliberately choose not report a hostage or kidnap victim to US government agencies. I was told by one representative of the Department of Labor that they were aware of unreported contractors missing in Iraq.
  • not all names of those missing - both past and present - are known and/or publicized for a number of reasons
  • Technically, the status of 'released' should more properly be referred to as 'Returned to Military Control' (RMC)

References

With Withdrawal Looming, Trails Grow Cold for Americans Missing in Iraq
By Jack Healy, New York Times, May 21, 2011

Iraq War Logs Alternative WikiLeaks mirror site
WikiLeaks, October 22, 2010

Data on Kidnappings from the State Department 
Summary of the findings of the reports for 2005 - 2009
August 8, 2010

Terrorism Deaths, Injuries, Kidnappings of Private U.S. Citizens, 2009
Country Reports on Terrorism 2009
US Department of State

Terrorism Deaths, Injuries, Kidnappings of Private U.S. Citizens
Country Reports on Terrorism 2007
US Department of State

Terrorism Deaths, Injuries, Kidnappings of Private U.S. Citizens
Country Reports on Terrorism 2006
US Department of State

Terrorism Deaths, Injuries, Kidnappings of Private U.S. Citizens
Country Reports on Terrorism 2005
US Department of State

Liberator II continues effort to find missing
By Sgt. 1st Class Roger Dey, April 20, 2010

US operation aims to find missing
By Sgt. 1st Class Roger Dey, 103rd Public Affairs Detachment, April 21, 2010

They search if someone’s missing in Iraq
By Scott Fontaine, The News Tribune, February 8, 2010

Officials confirm kidnapping of U.S. contractor in Iraq
By Ernesto Londoño and Leila Fadel, Washington Post, February 6, 2010

Iraq calmer but copycat kidnappings spread
By Pamela Hess, Associated Press, October 13, 2008

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