Remains of Missing Gulf War Pilot Hidden in Iraqi Sand for 18 Years

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WASHINGTON — The military says Capt. Michael "Scott" Speicher died when his fighter jet was shot down over Iraq in the 1991 Gulf War and was never captured or tortured.

But Speicher's family is unconvinced.

The Navy pilot's remains were identified earlier this year under about 18 inches of sand in the Iraqi desert.

In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, the chief of POW/MIA analysis at the Defense Intelligence Agency describes a series of twists and the duplicity of Saddam Hussein's government led to a number of false leads and rumors about Speicher's survival.

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