I was up at five A.M., saw this news and went back to bed.

I am praying for the families of the fallen soldiers. May God comfort them.

Two U.S. soldiers missing since an attack on a checkpoint last week have been found dead near a power plant in Yusifiyah, south of Baghdad, according to U.S. officials, and Iraqi officials say the soldiers had been tortured.

Maj. Gen. Abdul Aziz Muhammed-Jassim, head of operations at the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, said the soldiers had been “barbarically” killed. U.S. officials would not confirm or deny that the men, who were identified Monday as Pfc. Kristian Menchaca, 23, of Houston and Pfc. Thomas L. Tucker, 25, of Madras, Ore., had been tortured by their captors.

Coalition forces have in fact recovered what we believe to be the remains of our two soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, spokesman for U.S. forces in Iraq, at a Baghdad news conference.

Caldwell said the bodies were found Monday night after dark but were recovered early Tuesday because of concern of makeshift bombs around the bodies.

Caldwell said the area was cordoned off overnight and explosive ordinance teams went in the next day to recover the remains. He said the remains have been taken to a U.S. base in Iraq and will be transported back to the United States for DNA verification and full autopsies.

Answering questions, Caldwell said the two soldiers had been kidnapped after the attack — the first time the military confirmed the men had been abducted by insurgents.

He said an investigation was underway as to why the three soldiers were alone at a checkpoint.

My husband was very concerned about the three soldiers being alone at the checkpoint, especially since it was known to be a very dangerous area. A basic tactical error for which the commander of the soldiers company could be relieved.

My husband told me that in Somalia when they had to leave their cantonment it was always in a group of three vehicles or more.

Captain Ed offers some sympathy to the uncle of one of the soldiers and explains why it is not possible to pay a ransom to the terrorists from the seized riches of Saddam Hussein.

Michelle Malkin has much more.

Hot Air has a link to the last message of one of the soldiers to his mom.

Ala at Blonde Sagacity writes…….

The BBC is reporting that ‘the bodies showed signs of torture’ (and I can only assume that doesn’t mean they were found with underpants on their heads…I assume they mean actual torture).

Hat tip: UrbanGrounds