Of the five British nationals taken hostage by the Pasdaran (IRGC) front group Islamic Shia Resistance in Iraq, two bodies have come home. Now the BBC is reporting that there are two more dead men.
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said the Foreign Office told the families of Mr McMenemy and Mr Maclachlan last week that the men had most likely died while in captivity.Alan McMenemy, from Glasgow, and Alec Maclachlan, from south Wales.
And he revealed the kidnappers told the British government a month ago they had two more bodies.
"At the time the hostage-takers handed over the bodies of the two other security guards - Jason Creswell and Jason Swindlehurst - they let it be known that they had two more bodies," he said.
"They have made many claims and counter-claims and that couldn't be verified immediately. The Foreign Office is now pretty certain that it's true."
The condition of the fifth man, Peter Moore, is not known.Little is left to negotiate, but the FCO is still trying.
It is time to plan how to avenge them. Patience, lads. Time will come.
Previous unhappy news on this item was discussed in "Two Dead Men" here at CompHyp.