After the public patiently waited and wondered for nearly four days, the five “international soldiers” who were swept off a Missouri road by flood waters last Saturday have been identified. This morning, a newspaper reported that the last victim’s body was found, 6 miles from the flooded roadway.
Oddly, for four days, there has been very little coverage of this incident or the search for the missing person’s body; the others were recovered right away.
Why were the names and the home countries of these “international soldiers” kept from the public for so long?
Today, it was reported that their identities had not been released to anyone, which at least answered the question: Who was holding back the information, the military or the media?
After the fact that the identities were not released to the media was reported, the identities were apparently then released.
Here is the list of the deceased (may they rest in peace):
Maj. Mohammad Hassan Ibrahim, 32, Egypt;
Maj. Akram Abu Al-rub, 38, Jordan;
Capt. Ahmed Moussouni, 32, Algeria;
Capt. Ahmed Abdelghani, 29, Egypt; and
Capt. Hasman Hussin, 33, Malaysia.
The soldiers were returning to the fort from Osage Beach [a Lake of the Ozarks resort town, near the dam] Saturday night when their car went off Highway U near Crocker, about 15 miles northwest of Fort Leonard Wood.
The men were in a program that brings troops from other countries to the installation to study engineering, military policing and chemical defense.
The question remains: Why did it take four days to identify the victims and their home countries?
It’s simply CURIOUS. Isn’t it? Is there more to this story?
Pray for the souls of all those who lost their lives in these recent weather-related disasters. Pray for their families, too.