Iraq - 3 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq battle

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three American soldiers were killed Saturday in fighting in the western province of Anbar, the U.S. military said. They were the first U.S. fatalities reported in Iraq in four days and only the eighth so far this month.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three American soldiers were killed Saturday in fighting in the western province of Anbar, the U.S. military said. They were the first U.S. fatalities reported in Iraq in four days and only the eighth so far this month. A U.S. statement said the three were assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and died due to "enemy action" in the predominantly Sunni Arab province. No further details were released. Also Saturday, gunmen in two cars stopped a vehicle in Baghdad's Dora neighborhood, forced the two passengers to get out and killed them in front of horrified bystanders, according to police Lt. Maithem Abdel-Razaq. In the same neighborhood, gunmen opened fire on a Shiite family as it was moving out of the city, wounding five members, police said. Dora has a mixed Sunni-Shiite population and has become one of the most dangerous areas in the capital for sectarian violence. Elsewhere, gunmen Saturday killed three people working in an ice cream shop in the mostly Shiite Baghdad neighborhood of Nahrawan, police Lt. Fikrat Mohammed said. Police also reported finding two bodies in separate locations in eastern Baghdad. They were believed the latest victims of sectarian death squads. Meanwhile, gunmen in two speeding car fired Saturday on a Sunni mosque in west Baghdad's Ghazaliya neighborhood. Mosque guards returned fire and the attackers fled, police Capt. Jamil Hussein said. The incidents occurred a day after at least 17 others died in a wave of bombings and mortar attacks against mostly Sunni mosques in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq. A Sunni cleric was also kidnapped in the capital, a Sunni official said. Sectarian violence has forced thousands of Iraqis to move to different neighborhoods or cities where their sect is predominant. The Interior Ministry estimated earlier this month that nearly 4,000 families ? or about 23,670 people ? have been forced to relocate to other neighborhoods in the Baghdad area alone. On Friday, U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden (news, bio, voting record) said the "jury's still out" on whether Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will clamp down on sectarian militias blamed for much of the spiraling sectarian violence. Earlier Friday, Iraqi forces backed by U.S. jets and soldiers raided the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City in what appeared to be a crackdown on unauthorized armed groups. U.S. officials said 30-40 "enemy fighters" were killed or wounded, but residents claimed up to 11 civilians died. During a telephone interview with The Associated Press, Biden, who is visiting Iraq, said the spread of armed militias was one of the main challenges facing Iraq and an especially tricky one for the Shiite prime minister. Some of the biggest militias are Shiite. "It remains to be seen whether he's willing to take the kind of chance and make the kind of effort to begin to deal with the militias," Biden said. "The jury's still out on that." Biden said he was also reserving judgment on al-Maliki's national reconciliation plan, which includes an amnesty for some insurgents. The prime minister hasn't specified who they might be. "Amnesty in the context of an overall plan that is nationwide ... makes sense," Biden said. "But if that amnesty were to include some of the more outrageous thugs and perpetrators of essentially war crimes, then I don't think that will fly."

από US citizen 09/07/2006 1:47 πμ.

The fucking Bush Administration with its bloody invasion in Iraq has killed more people than the Pacific War Campaign in WWII. They completely destroyed one of the most civilized Arab countries in the region bringing it back at least 50 years. They are responsible for the deaths of at least 100.000 Iraqi civilians, the dislocation of tens of thousands families, the dismantlement of the nation's infrastructure, the obliteration of its economy. The fucking US neocons (oil people) destroyed a whole nation the size of France of 30 million people, they brought sectarian strife and civil war and turned to ruble precious antiquities of the cradle of mankind's Civilization, Mesopotamia. They also killed thousands of poor American soldiers and maimed for life tens of thousands, bringing grief and sorrow to thousands of American families. They must be hanged publicly in Times Square.

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