Two CBS News journalists were missing in the predominantly Shiite southern city of Basra, the network said Monday.
CBS said all efforts were under way to find the journalists, who were not identified by the network. It requested "that others do not speculate on the identities of those involved" until more information was available.
"CBS News has been in touch with the families and asks that their privacy be respected," the network added in a brief statement from its headquarters in New York.
Basra, Iraq's second-largest city, has seen fierce fighting between rival Shiite militias as part of a power struggle in the oil-rich south.
The British military turned over responsibility for the province to Iraqis in December, but maintains forces near Basra, about 340 miles southeast of Baghdad.
How's that surge working out for ya?
And, yes, I thought about making a crass joke at the expense of American's #1 Idiot, the always smarmy, cute and perky Katie Couric, but gentlemanly discretion has gotten the better of me this afternoon...