Beyond the Sunni triangle

Louis Proyect lnp3 at
Sun Jul 20 06:44:53 MDT 2003

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Ambush in North Iraq

By Andrew Marshall
Sunday, July 20, 2003; 6:57 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two U.S. soldiers were killed near Mosul in northern
Iraq early Sunday in a rare attack by anti-American guerrillas in an area
so far from Baghdad.

It brought to four the number of American deaths within 48 hours. That can
only add to pressure on the United States as it tries to persuade reluctant
United Nations allies who opposed its invasion to share the burden of
running Iraq.

A U.N. official said one of its convoys was also attacked, south of
Baghdad, though there were no details available.

Two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed and a third
wounded when ambushed by guerrillas firing guns and rocket-propelled
grenades, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The incident near Tall Afur was in Sunni tribal lands but well beyond the
"Sunni Triangle" around the north and west of the capital where the bulk of
attacks have been concentrated.


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