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Old 02-12-2004, 05:34 PM   #136
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Damn. This is really bad news.
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Old 02-13-2004, 09:21 AM   #137
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By JIM KRANE, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq



In Baghdad, an explosive detonated as a U.S. military police patrol passed, killing one soldier and wounding two others, a U.S. military spokesman said.
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By ROBERT H. REID, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Roadside bombs killed two U.S. soldiers in separate attacks Monday in Baghdad and a city northeast of the capital, the U.S. military said. Gunmen also killed an American civilian and wounded three others in a weekend ambush south of here.

One soldier from Task Force Iron Horse died and four others were wounded when a bomb exploded at about 9:40 a.m. in the center of Baqouba, about 35 miles northeast of here, the 4th Infantry Division said.

Two Iraqis were arrested, including one who had a cell phone that may have been used to detonate the bomb, according to Master Sgt. Robert Cargie, a division spokesman in Tikrit.

The other fatal bombing occurred in the center of Baghdad about 9:20 a.m., killing one soldier from the 1st Armored Division and wounding another, the military said. The 1st Armored is due to leave Iraq in the coming weeks and be replaced by the 1st Cavalry Division.

The latest deaths bring to 540 the number of U.S. service members have died since the United States launched the Iraq war in March. Most have died since President Bush declared an end to active combat May 1.
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The latest roadside bomb attacks bring to 377, the number of US troops killed by hostile fire since Operation Iraqi Freedom was launched on March 20, 2003.
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A soldier from Task Force Olympia was killed and another wounded by a bomb Monday evening in Tall Afar in northern Iraq.
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An ambush in Iraq has taken the life of a Rhode Island minister.

The Rev. John Kelley, pastor of a church in Wakefield, R.I. for the past 18 years, was shot to death near Baghdad. A minister from Massachusetts was also injured in the attack.

Seven ministers, mostly from New England, went to Iraq as part of a mission to establish a Baptist church. Four or the seven decided to go to Babylon Saturday afternoon. On their way back from the sightseeing trip, their van was ambushed by gunmen.

Kate Pettit's father, the Rev. Kirk DeVito, head of the Grace Baptist Church in Franklin, was one of three ministers wounded during the attack. Pettit said she spoke with him shortly after the attack.

"(He was) definitely shaken. When I to talked with him today, he was still shaken, " said Pettit.

Kelley, 48, pastor at the Curtis Corner Baptist Church of Wakefield, R.I., was killed. Two ministers injured suffered minor injuries.

Pettit said her father told her what happened during the attack.

"Suddenly this car pulled up next to them and began firing AK-47s, which we had talked about before -- that there are AK-47s all over the place. He was in the backseat and he was OK, but he had taken some shrapnel in the back of the neck, on the back of his head and his hand. The driver of the car saved their lives. He hit the gas and just got them out of there as fast as possible and took them right to the hospital," said Pettit.

The ministers' goal is to establish a Baptist church in Iraq. Pettit said she does not believe that was the reason for the attack.

There was no problem with what they were doing. They feel it is because they were Americans more than anything.

Kelley leaves behind a wife and four children.

All of the ministers are scheduled to return to the United States Friday.


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Roadside bomb kills 2 soldiers, one Iraqi
Coalition repulses attack on prison
Thursday, February 19, 2004 Posted: 7:06 AM EST (1206 GMT)


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A roadside bomb Thursday morning killed two U.S. soldiers and one Iraqi near Khaldiya, west of Baghdad, a coalition military spokesman said.

The attack happened at 10:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET), the spokesman said.

On Wednesday night, coalition soldiers repulsed an attack on the Abu Ghraib prison near the Iraqi capital, killing one of the attackers and arresting 55 others, a military spokesman said.

A U.S. soldier was treated for minor wounds and released, the spokesman said.

The prison sustained indirect hits from 33 mortar shells and five rockets. The attack happened around 6:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. ET) and was over 20 minutes later, according to initial reports.

The prison is located 20 miles (30 kilometers) west of Baghdad.

Earlier in the day, two suicide car bombers killed eight Iraqis at Camp Charlie outside Hilla in southern Iraq. Five of those killed were children.

The assault followed deadly bombings last week in Iskandariyah and Baghdad targeting Iraqi police and Army recruits and a well-coordinated attack in Fallujah on the police station and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps. More than 125 Iraqis died in those strikes.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. military said U.S. forces and Iraqi police detained 22 people who were part of a group of anti-coalition insurgents. The detainees were picked up in an overnight raid in Baqubah, U.S. Army Col. William Adamson said.

Adamson said the military suspects that seven of the detainees have ties to al Qaeda and helped coordinate a mid-January suicide car bombing in Baqubah.

Wednesday's assault in Hilla follows insurgent attacks last week in Iskandariyah, Baghdad and Fallujah. Those strikes killed more than 125 people.

Elections report to be reviewed
The violence comes at a critical phase, as plans are negotiated for the U.S.-led coalition to turn political power over to the Iraqis at the end of June. The Iraq Governing Council and the Coalition Provisional Authority are awaiting a United Nations report on whether direct elections before June 30 are possible.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan will meet with his special envoy, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Thursday morning.

Brahimi just returned from Iraq and will discuss its future with more than 40 countries who are considered "friends of Iraq."

Brahimi is expected to say that direct elections are not possible by the planned June 30 transfer of power from the U.S.-led coalition to Iraqis. Diplomats and U.N. officials say Brahimi made that clear while touring Iraq. The bigger question, the diplomats said, is what alternatives there are to direct elections.

One diplomat indicated Brahimi will likely offer the most feasible date possible for direct elections, outlining the timing and different steps needed to get there. The diplomat said there are so many complex actions related to holding an election that it might take up to eight to 10 months to conduct a large-scale poll.

Brahimi's full set of written recommendations will be held for formal release pending Annan's approval, which is not expected to come before Friday.

U.S. Ambassador John Negroponte said the United States will do its best to accommodate Brahimi's suggestions.
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HADITHA, Iraq - An American military OH-58 Kiowa helicopter crashed Wednesday into a river west of Baghdad, killing the two crewmembers on board, the U.S. military and police said.

The helicopter, which carries a two-member crew, crashed about 1:50 p.m. near Haditha, 120 miles from the capital, Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said. A spokesman for the U.S. command said the two were killed.

Kimmitt also said the cause of the crash had not been determined.

In Haditha, witness Emad Rasheed, 45, said two U.S. helicopters were flying over the area when a missile hit one of them. However, Kimmitt said the second helicopter reported seeing no hostile fire.

With the latest crash, the U.S. military has lost 15 helicopters since the occupation began in May most to hostile fire. At least 60 Americans have been killed in the crashes.
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Coalition soldier killed north of Iraq's capital by while defusing roadside bomb

By Associated Press, 2/29/2004


BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A coalition soldier trying to defuse a roadside bomb was shot and killed by insurgents, the U.S. military said Sunday.

The soldier, who wasn't a member of the U.S. Army, was shot late Saturday night in northwest Baghdad while on patrol with other coalition troops. He was the first coalition soldier killed by hostile fire in Iraq since Feb. 19 when two Americans died in a roadside bombing near Khaldiyah, 50 miles west of the capital.

The name of the soldier and his nationality were withheld pending notification of his family.

Of non-U.S. coalition members, Britain has had the most losses with 58 deaths. Italy has had 17 killed; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Thailand, two; and Denmark, Ukraine and Poland have reported one each.

As of Sunday, 547 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 378 died as a result of hostile action and 169 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.
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As of Tuesday, March 2, 549 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 378 died as a result of hostile action and 171 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Thailand, two; Denmark, Ukraine, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 411 U.S. soldiers have died - 263 as a result of hostile action and 148 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,727 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department's figures. Non-hostile injured numbered 419.

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The latest deaths reported by the military:

- One 1st Armored Division soldier was killed and another wounded Tuesday after insurgents threw a grenade into a Humvee in Baghdad.

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I work with a woman whose husband was just shipped over to Baghdad. He will be there for a year. My heart skips a beat whenever their is Breaking News about a soldier being hurt or killed. I cannot even imagine what her heart does.
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As of Wednesday, March 3, 550 U.S. service members have died since the beginning of military operations in Iraq, according to the Department of Defense. Of those, 379 died as a result of hostile action and 171 died of non-hostile causes, the department said.

The British military has reported 58 deaths; Italy, 17; Spain, eight; Bulgaria, five; Thailand, two; Denmark, Ukraine, Estonia and Poland have reported one each.

Since May 1, when President Bush declared that major combat operations in Iraq had ended, 412 U.S. soldiers have died - 264 as a result of hostile action and 148 of non-hostile causes, according to the military.

Since the start of military operations, 2,731 U.S. service members have been injured as a result of hostile action, according to the Defense Department's figures. Non-hostile injured numbered 419.

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- No new deaths reported.

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i believe there is under-couinting

particularly in the injured.
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TIKRIT, Iraq (AP) - An American soldier was killed Tuesday morning after a roadside bomb exploded while his convoy was passing by, the U.S. military said.

The soldier was the first member of the 1st Infantry Division, which is replacing the 4th Infantry Division, to die in Iraq, said Maj. Debra Stewart.

The soldier was killed after the Humvee he was riding in was hit by the bomb in Balad Ruz, just east of Baqouba in the Sunni Triangle. A second soldier was wounded in the explosion and airlifted the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad and was listed in stable condition.

The names of both soldiers were withheld pending notification of their families.

"It is a very sad day for the division, we have lost a very valuable team member," said Stewart, a Division spokeswoman.

The latest death brings to 553 the number of American service members who have died since the Iraq conflict began March 20. Most of those deaths occurred after President Bush declared an end to major combat May 1.
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