BAGHDAD (AP) - An al-Qaida front group has warned the U-S military to stop searching for three missing American soldiers if it's concerned about their safety.
The posting on a militant Web site also says the attack that led to the disappearance of the Americans and the deaths of four others was retribution for the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl in the same area a year ago.
The girl's sister and parents also were killed. Three U-S soldiers have pleaded guilty in that case. Islamic State of Iraq, which issued the warning, has claimed responsibility for Saturday's attack.