The U-S command says remains believed to be two missing soldiers were found Monday night, but U-S forces had to wait for daylight on Tuesday to check for booby-traps.
Major General William Caldwell says thousands of troops encountered a lot of roadside bombs and other explosives during their three-day search for the men who disappeared after a comrade was killed Friday.
When the bodies were located, Caldwell says a "fairly large group of soldiers" guarded the area until the ordnance team could arrive. And he says "they did have to dismantle some stuff to get to them."
An Internet statement claims the soldiers were killed by the new leader of Al-Qaeda-in-Iraq. The military is conducting D-N-A tests to confirm their identities.