Altaie, Ahmed K.   per DoD
Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie or Ahmed Kousay al-Taie, per published media reports

Name: Ahmed K. Altaie
Branch/Rank:  Army/Spc
Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad
MOS: Translator

Date of Birth/Age:  41
Home City of Record: Ann Arbor, MI 
Date of Loss:
October 23, 2006
Country of Loss: Iraq
Original Status:
Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN).  
Current Status:  D
eclared missing-captured on December 11, 2006
Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground

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Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.    


U.S. military, Michigan family receive remains of last soldier missing in Iraq

12:52 PM, February 26, 2012 |
BEIRUT — The U.S. military has recovered the remains of the last U.S. service member missing in Iraq, ending a nearly six-year ordeal involving shadowy militants and a tragic love story, his family said today.

At about 1 a.m. today, a U.S. officer knocked on the door of the family home in Ann Arbor, Mich., with news that Army Staff Sgt. Ahmed Altaie was confirmed dead, though he had no details yet on how or when he died, said Entifadh Qanbar, Altaie's uncle and a close aide to Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi. Altaie was the last soldier unaccounted for in Iraq.

Altaei's brother, Hathal Altaei, speaking by phone from his parents' home, said the military had confirmed his brother's identity through a DNA test.

"The officer came eight hours ago and told us," Hathal Altaie said. "We've been waiting for five years, suffering, not knowing if he's alive or dead. This was not the news we wanted, of course, but it's better than staying like that, without ever knowing what happened to him."

“There is closure now, but we still want to know: Was he killed, or did he die by natural causes in the hands of the group?” Qanbar said, noting that his nephew had suffered kidney problems that could’ve worsened during his time as a hostage.

In 2006, gunmen abducted Altaie, an Iraqi-born reservist who was 41 at the time, after he’d sneaked out of the Green Zone in Baghdad to visit his new Iraqi wife. Family members had warned him that it was too dangerous — as well as against military rules — but Altaie was in love with his bride, Israa Sultan, and wanted to spend an Islamic holiday with her off base, Qanbar said.

“All I heard was a woman screaming on the phone,” he said, recalling the phone call from Altaie’s wife seconds after his capture from a busy Baghdad street in daylight. “She said, ‘They just took Ahmed right in front of me! They put him in a car and drove away.' ”

In the days after he went missing, Stars and Stripes newspaper has reported, “3,000 coalition soldiers conducted more than 50 raids to find their comrade.” At least one soldier was killed; others were wounded in the search for Altaie.

Altaie’s official status was “missing-captured” until the Iraqi government turned over his remains to U.S. officials on Feb. 22, Qanbar said. The family was notified three days later, apparently after forensics tests confirmed his identity.

Several arrests were made in connection to the case, but which group captured Altaie was never ascertained for certain. Qanbar and U.S. officials have said they believed the abduction was the work of a splinter group from the movement loyal to the militant Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al Sadr.

Qanbar, who broke into tears while speaking by phone from Beirut, acknowledged that his nephew had made a “huge mistake” by sneaking off base, but said there was no reasoning with him. Altaie, he said, was too trusting of Iraqi strangers based on nostalgia for his homeland and his eagerness to help rebuild Iraq after the war.

“The military brought him into Iraq as a translator, mainly, and he really came for the cause,” Qanbar said. “He was like any Arab American who grows up dreaming of the home country. He left Iraq when he was 12 and came back to help.”

November 02, 2006

DoD Announces Army Soldier as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown
     The Department of Defense today announced the identity of a soldier currently listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

     Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, 41, of Ann Arbor, Mich., has been unaccounted for since Oct. 23 in Baghdad, Iraq, at about 4:30 p.m. GMT. The soldier is assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad.

     Efforts continue to gather information and locate Altaie.

     For further information related to this release the media can contact the Coalition Press Information Center-Baghdad at (703) 343-0891.

     For more information about Altaie, contact Maj. Dawn Dancer at (517) 481-8140.
Reward Offered for Information Leading to Kidnapped Soldier
By Donna Miles, American Forces Press Service
Nov 10, 2006, 11:23
Blackanthem Military News, WASHINGTON, D.C. – Officials in Iraq are offering up to $50,000 for information leading to Spc. Ahmed Kousay Altaie, a 41-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier kidnapped Oct. 23 outside Baghdad's International Zone.

Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, got permission today to offer the reward, Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, MNFI spokesman, told military analysts today. Caldwell said he expected the command to announce the reward publicly within the next 24 hours.

In the meantime, a massive search for Altaie continues, with Casey contributing coalition forces from outside Baghdad to the coalition and Iraqi security force members within the city already involved.

These troops have conducted 51 search operations, based on 328 tips that have poured in since Altaie's abduction, Caldwell said. Those raids netted 35 suspects, most still being detained because they are providing valuable information, he said.

"We have fairly good information that tells us where we think he could still be held and who perhaps may have him," he said.

One coalition soldier and two Iraqi security members have been killed in the search and six coalition troops have been wounded, he said.

Caldwell insisted that the search won't let up until Altaie is found. "We are not going to stop looking until we find him. We're just not," he said. "And we're going to continue the intensive efforts we have. It's an ongoing, very focused effort."

Altaie is an Iraqi-American who moved to the United States as a teenager and joined the Army Reserve in December 2004. He was mobilized in August 2005 and deployed to Iraq three months later, Caldwell said. He was last seen inside Baghdad's International Zone at about 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23. Sometime after that, he left the heavily fortified zone to visit family members, including his Iraqi wife, whom he married in February 2005, Caldwell said.

While Altaie was at a relative's home, three cars pulled up to the residence, and the hostage takers handcuffed the soldier and forced him into one of the vehicles, Caldwell said. A relative who claimed to be at the home when the incident occurred reported receiving a call from one of the kidnappers using the cell phone Altaie had with him when he was taken, Caldwell said.


December 14, 2006

DoD Announces Soldier's Captured Status

            The Department of Defense announced today a change in the status of a soldier serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom from duty status whereabouts unknown (DUSTWUN) to missing-captured.


            Spc. Ahmed K. Altaie, 41, of Ann Arbor , Mich. , was declared missing-captured on Dec. 11.


            On Oct. 23, Altaie was categorized as DUSTWUN when he allegedly was kidnapped while on his way to visit family in Baghdad , Iraq .  The soldier is assigned to the Provincial Reconstruction Team Baghdad.


            Efforts continue to obtain the successful and safe return of Altaie.


            For further information related to the situation, contact the Coalition Press Information Center-Baghdad at (703) 270-0299 or (703) 270-0320. 


            Change-in-status questions can be directed to Shari Lawrence, deputy public affairs officer, U.S. Army Human Resources Command, Alexandria , Va. , at (703) 325-8856.


            For the public affairs officer assisting Altaie's family, contact the Michigan National Guard public affairs office, at (517) 481-8140.

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Missing American Soldier in Video
Associated Press  |  February 14, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq - .....The U.S. government has offered a $50,000 reward leading to the recovery of Iraqi-born American Army translator Ahmed Qusai al-Taayie, a 41-year-old reserve Soldier from Ann Arbor, Mich., who was abducted by gunmen on Oct. 23......Al-Taayie, whose name is also spelled Ahmed Kousay Altaie, was born in Iraq and moved to the United States as a teenager. He joined the Army Reserve in December 2004 and was deployed to Iraq in November 2005.

Search goes on for missing Americans in Iraq

By Kim Gamel - The Associated Press
Posted : Saturday Jan 22, 2011 9:15:52 EST  

BAGHDAD — The U.S. soldier was out of uniform when he sneaked off base on a motorcycle to visit his Iraqi wife in central Baghdad. The militiamen hiding nearby weren't fooled. They were seen seizing him at gunpoint.

More than four years later, Ahmed Kousay al-Taie, a resident of Ann Arbor, Mich., who was born in Iraq, is the only American service member still missing here. His family fears he will never be found........


Search for Iraq-born soldier still ongoing
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