Occupying force takes casualties
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Fri May 9 06:44:22 MDT 2003
NY Times, May 9, 2003
2 More Servicemen Killed in New Attacks in Baghdad
By SUSAN SACHS
BAGHDAD, Iraq, May 8 — Two American servicemen were killed and a third
injured in separate incidents today, a deadly reminder of the dangers
facing both occupation forces and ordinary Iraqis in a country where the
only surplus commodities are weapons.
A sniper killed one of the Americans in east Baghdad, according to the
Pentagon. The second, a member of the Army's V Corps, was shot and
killed while directing traffic on a bridge.
The third serviceman was injured when his Humvee ran over a land mine
that had been buried, apparently the night before, in a median strip
between the lanes of a busy expressway near the airport.
Lt. Gen. David D. McKiernan, the commander of allied ground forces in
Iraq, did not comment on the incidents in a meeting today with
reporters. But he warned that his available troops could not guarantee
absolute security in a country the approximate size of California.
"We now have 150,000 coalition forces across Iraq," he said. "Ask
yourself, could you secure California all the time with 150,000
soldiers? The answer is no."
The sheer volume of weapons in the hands of civilians — everything from
rifles and grenades to mines and rocket-propelled grenade-launchers
abandoned by the Iraqi Army — has surprised the country's new American
"This whole country was an armed camp," said General McKiernan.
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