Rose Petals and Candies Thrown at 49 New Iraqi Army Recruits!
The soldiers appeared to have been forced to lie face down on the ground and then were shot dead at close range, Diyala province police chief Major General Waleed Khalid Abdul Salam told CNN.
An official with the 30th Brigade Combat Unit of the U.S. 1st Infantry Division said 49 bodies had been found.
Discovery of the soldiers' bodies was followed by news that a U.S. security official assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad was killed by a mortar attack on a U.S. Army base near Baghdad airport.
The soldiers who died were surprised and captured Saturday on a road near the Iranian border, about 80 miles (130 km) east of Baghdad, Maj. Gen. Salam said. "