A questionable peace
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Tue May 27 07:19:00 MDT 2003
Washington Post, May 27, 2003
Firefight in Iraq Leaves Two Americans Dead
Six U.S. Soldiers Have Now Died in Incidents Over Last Few Days
By Tim Sullivan
Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD, Iraq Two U.S. soldiers and two unidentified attackers were
killed and nine other American troops were wounded in a firefight Tuesday
in the troubled town of Fallujah, a hotbed of support for Saddam Hussein's
fallen Baath Party, the U.S. military said.
Today's attack caps a series of incidents throughout Iraq over the past few
days in which at least six American soldiers have been killed.
Six Iraqis were captured and were being interrogated Tuesday afternoon,
said Maj. Randy Martin, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's V Corps. The
attackers used rocket-propelled grenades and small arms in the attack, the
U.S. Central Command said, but Martin said the grenade was thrown by hand.
All the U.S. soldiers hit were from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, based
in Fort Carson, Colo., Martin said.
"Who knows what they were thinking when they engaged U.S. soldiers?" Martin
said. "We suffered casualties, and the enemy paid a price for those
Initial reports said the attackers fired from a mosque within in the city,
30 miles west of Baghdad. But Martin said the Americans hit were at a
traffic-control point just after midnight with gunfire from one of two
vehicles that had pulled into the checkpoint together.
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