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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 659-95
December 14, 1995

INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS LEADS U.S. INVESTIGATION INTO IRAQ

The International Committee of the Red Cross, with the cooperation of theGovernment of Iraq, is leading a team, including U.S. experts, to investigateand excavate a crash site of a U.S. pilot lost in 1991 during the Gulf War.This mission is strictly a humanitarian effort to account for an American pilotwhose remains have never been recovered.

Once United States officials had conclusive evidence of the crash in Iraq, theyasked the ICRC in its capacity as a neutral intermediary to send a team to thecrash site to search for remains and relevant evidence. The ICRC-lead teamincludes a U.S. anthropologist and life science technician from the U.S. Army'sCentral Identification Laboratory and aircraft crash investigators.

The team traveled to the crash site via Baghdad. Results will not be knownuntil a complete analysis is concluded.

The U.S. Government remains committed to determining the fate, and if possible,repatriating the remains of any U.S. service member lost in conflict.

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