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Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie aka Ahmed Kousay Altaie
Born July 22, 1965 (1965-07-22) (age 44)
Place of birth Baghdad, Iraq
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 2004 -
Rank Sergeant
Unit United States Army Reserve
Battles/wars Iraq War

Sergeant Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie (also known as Ahmed K. Altaie) (ca. 1965) is a Iraqi American United States Army linguist soldier, who was captured on October 23, 2006 in Baghdad.


Early life

At the age of nine he immigrated with his family to the United Kingdom and received his primary and high school education. He then attended a technical school and earned his degree.

Al-Taayie is from Ann Arbor, Michigan and his parents are Kousay and Nawal al-Taayie.

He was married to an American Linda Racey, but they later divorced but remained friends.[1]

Military service

Al-Taayie enlisted in the United States Army Reserve in December 2004. He was mobilized in August 2005 and deployed to Iraq in November 2005.

Prisoner of war

On October 23, 2006, Al-Taayie was visiting the Karrada neighborhood in central Baghdad, Iraq to see his wife Israa Abdul-Satar's (student at al-Mustansiriya University) family. He was kidnapped along with his brother-in-law by armed men and taken into a waiting vehicles outside. His wife's brother was freed later that evening but Ahmed remained in the kidnappers' possession.

It was first reported that Al-Taayie had violated military rules by marrying an Iraqi woman, as soldiers are generally forbidden from marrying citizens of a country where American forces are engaged in combat. However, on November 2, 2006, Major General William B. Caldwell stated that Ahmed and his wife were married in February 2005 but he didn't arrive in Baghdad until November 2005.

On November 2, 2006, a ransom demand for Al-Taayie was relayed to his uncle Entifad Qanbar, a former spokesman for the Iraqi National Congress and recently an official in the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. Qanbar made contact with an intermediary trusted by the kidnappers. In a secret location in Baghdad, the mediator met with members of the group who showed Qanbar a grainy video on a cell phone screen of a man they claimed was al-Taayie, beaten up and bloody and demanded $250,000 from the soldier's family to secure his release.

Qanbar stated that he wouldn't talk about a price until he had seen for himself some proof that Al-Taayie was still breathing. Qanbar suggested they have his nephew describe the inside of his home in Ann Arbor or that the kidnappers photograph the soldier holding a current newspaper by Saturday, November 4, at 12:00pm.

The U.S. government said Saturday, November 11 that it was offering a US $50,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of Al-Taayie.[2]

On February 14, 2007, a proof of life video of Ahmed was posted on a militant Shiite website. A previously unknown group called the "Ahel al-Beit Brigades" claimed responsibility for Ahmed's abduction. The eight second video showed Ahmed reading from a paper but no audio was heard. He appeared thin but in good health. His uncle identified him as the man in the video. Ahmed has not been seen or heard from since. He is the only American serviceman still missing in Iraq. Ahmed was captured when he was the rank of Specialist and has since been promoted to Sergeant.[3]

A Shiite militia group called Asaib al-Haq revealed in February 2010 that Ahmed was killed by his captors. The group received his body from the captors and would release it once it received an assurance from his wife that she would not sue Asaib al-Haq. [4]

See also

  • SSG Keith Matthew Maupin - He was captured by Iraqi insurgents on April 9, 2004 while serving in the Iraq War and was executed sometime in late June 2004. An Army spokesman later said the video showing Maupin's alleged execution was "totally inconclusive." His body was found in March 2008.[1]
  • PFC Jessica Lynch - She was injured and captured by Iraqi forces on March 23, 2003, but was recovered on 1 April by U.S. special operations forces, with the incident subsequently receiving considerable news coverage.
  • Captain Michael Scott Speicher - He is a United States Navy pilot shot down in the Gulf War whose status since then has been the subject of uncertainty and headlines, and whose death was not confirmed until August 2, 2009 after positive identification of his remains discovered near to his crash site.


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