2 Soldiers Killed, 10 Wounded in Wave of Violence in Iraq

Alain St-Amour alainstamour at mail.com
Fri Sep 12 08:10:34 MDT 2003


New York Times
September 12, 2003
2 Soldiers Killed, 10 Wounded in Wave of Violence in Iraq

In a rash of violence against American-led coalition troops in Iraq, two coalition soldiers were killed and 10 were wounded by rebels in three separate incidents in the past 24 hours, the American military said today.

And in a fourth incident, American troops apparently misidentified the members of an allied Iraqi security force today and fired on them, killing eight Iraqi policeman and wounding five other people, news agencies reported.

The two coalition fatalities occurred during a pre-dawn raid in a region of anti-American resistance west of Baghdad, a coalition military spokeswoman said by telephone from Baghdad. Seven coalition soldiers were wounded by small-arms fire in the 3 a.m. shootout, the spokeswoman, Specialist Nicci Trent, said.

The incident occurred in Ramadi, a town about 60 miles west of the capital in the so-called Sunni Triangle, an area that has been the center of resistance to the American occupation. Sunni Muslim Arabs make up one-fifth of the population of Iraq but have long dominated the country's political and economic life, and many Sunnis fear that the United States occupation may end that primacy.

The military did not disclose the nationalities of the killed and wounded soldiers in the Ramadi raid. "They could be members of any country's army that is participating in the coalition," another military spokeswoman, Specialist Nicole Thompson, said by telephone from Baghdad.

In the apparent friendly fire incident today, an American humvee in Falluja opened fire on Iraqi policemen who were chasing a car known to have been used by highway robbers, news services reported, quoting an Iraqi police sergeant injured in the incident.

"We were chasing a white BMW with bandits," the sergeant, Asem Mohammed, 23, told The Associated Press. "We turned around in front of Jordanian Hospital and some American forces started shooting at us."

The American military had no comment on the matter.

In another incident early this morning, two coalition soldiers were wounded when their military police patrol vehicle struck an explosive device near the Abu Ghurayb market in western Baghdad, Specialist Thompson said. The soldiers came under small-arms fire from rebels and the vehicle burst into flames, she said. The nationalities of the soldiers was not disclosed.

And in yet another attack, a soldier from the 82nd Airborne Division was wounded by rebels firing small arms and rocket-propelled grenades near the Jordanian Hospital in Falluja, Specialist Trent said. Five non-combatants were wounded in the attack, though the spokeswoman did not specify their nationalities. The military did not release the time of the attack but Specialist Thompson said it happened "in the past 24 hours."


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