[Marxism] Iraqi fighters attack Abu Ghraib prison, 20 US troops injured
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Sun Apr 3 03:56:03 MDT 2005
20 US troops Injured in mass Abu Ghraib attack
Jordan Times, April 3, 2005
BAGHDAD (Reuters) Dozens of Iraqi resistance fighters mounted a
sustained attack on Abu Ghraib prison outside Baghdad on Saturday,
detonating two suicide car bombs and firing rocket-propelled grenades
before US troops repelled the assault.
At least 20 US soldiers and 12 detainees were wounded in the carefully
planned attack, which began at around 1500 GMT and lasted for around
an hour, the US military said. "A group of between 40 and 60
resistance fighters attacked the US forward operating base at Abu
Ghraib," Lieutenant Colonel Guy Rudisill, spokesman for detainee
affairs, told Reuters.
"They detonated two VBIEDs [suicide car bombs] and also fired
rocket-propelled grenades into the prison camp... it was a sustained
attack," he said. Mortars and small arms fire were also directed
towards the prison, on Baghdad's western edge. "The attacks were
intermittent. They would fire RPGs and then stop, then they would
attack again," Rudisill said. US forces responded with heavy weapons,
eventually bringing the situation under control. It was not known how
many Iraqi fighters were wounded or killed in the battle.
Witnesses said the second car bomb was detonated against US forces as
they were trying to evacuate casualties from the first. US troops
sealed the prison grounds. It was not believed any Iraqi resistance
fighters penetrated the perimeter.
Abu Ghraib, notorious for the US prisoner abuse scandal that emerged
last year, is one of three US-run detention facilities in Iraq and
holds around 2,000 prisoners.
The jail has been attacked in the past, but the latest assault was
believed to be the largest and most determined. It is also the first
against the prison for some time.
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