Ahmed Kousay al-Taie, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan who was born in Iraq, is the only American service member still missing here. His family fears he will never be found. Kidnappings of foreigners and Iraqis for ransom or political motives were common as the insurgency gained steam after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Many cases have been resolved as security has improved. Tips are now far more forthcoming, and U.S. and Iraqi troops have access to former no-go zones. But the fate of al-Taie and others who vanished, including an untold number of Iraqis, remains unknown.
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