This is a confusing message, but one part of it is crystal clear: This is a scam. It wasn't sent by a U.S. soldier named David Cox or Daviid Cox or David Dean, but by someone trying to con you. When you reply, the "confidential" message will an invitation to help launder money, or something like that. Links to news stories on the BBC prove absolutely nothing about the authenticity of a message. Delete messages like this. Don't reply to them.
From: David firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: July 21, 2010 4:27:42 AM PDT
Subject: Yours sincerely,
Dear friend ,
I am MSgt. David a Master Sergeant in the U.S Army. Kindly View the BBC news article Listed below. My experience and challenges serving under the U.S Army in Iraq, makes me feel Diver-stated, but I am very optimistic that I will not die in the battle, by the special grace of God.
Your prayer and friendship will be highly appreciated at this point in time of my life. To crown it all, I have some thing confidential I would like to disclose to you, but you will have to assure me that no other ear will hear it.
Waiting for your favorable response.