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Deadly Attacks on GI's Rise/Jun 10, 2003/Source: New York Times/continuing a series of attacks that have killed nine American troops in 14 days
Deadly Attacks on GI's Rise
Jun 10, 2003
Source: New York Times
Unknown gunmen shot and killed an American soldier at a checkpoint in western Iraq on Sunday night, continuing a series of attacks that have killed nine American troops in 14 days.
The casualty rate from attacks in Iraq has risen sharply in the past two weeks, but military officials said the recent deployment of 4,000 American soldiers to central Iraq would curb the threat.
"We are not going to allow it," said Capt. John Morgan, a military spokesman in Baghdad. "We are going to decisively engage."
Military officials said they believed small groups of hardened Saddam Hussein loyalists were responsible for most of the incidents. The strikes, which occur mainly across central Iraq, often involve tactics Iraqi irregulars successfully used at the outset of the war hitting so-called soft targets like resupply convoys and isolated checkpoints.
American and Iraqi officials said they believed the strikes did not represent the emergence of an organized nationwide resistance. American officials are eager to describe Iraq as stabilizing, but with few of the attackers captured, it is difficult to gauge whether the strikes are centrally planned. Officials have also said that radical Islamists and foreign fighters may also be involved.
In the three weeks after President Bush declared the end of major combat in Iraq on May 1, one American soldier was killed and at least 11 were wounded in hostile incidents, according to records from Central Command. In the last two weeks, 9 soldiers have been killed and at least 22 wounded in attacks. When accidents are included, Defense Department data show the toll since May 1 is 42 dead; 138 were killed in hostilities and accidents during the war.
There has also been a spate of nonfatal attacks on American forces in Baghdad. In the last eight days, unknown men attacked an American patrol with hand grenades and small arms in the Adhamiya neighborhood, an American military policemen was shot in the chest in Sadr City, the Baghdad neighborhood formerly called Saddam City, and there were at least two grenade attacks.
The continued violence is hampering efforts to bring Iraq the kind of calm needed for investment, business leaders say, and if the attacks continue, they could complicate American plans to project an air of stability in the country, attract finance and eventually scale down the number of American troops.
The American administrator, L. Paul Bremer III, met today with Iraqi businessmen and politicians, and representatives of the International Monetary Fund at a gathering of an American-led business council.
Mr. Bremer said that paying the salaries of state employees was infusing $500 million into Iraq's economy, but the country would also need outside investment.
Though the attacks on American forces promote an image of continued strife in Iraq, other aspects of life are gradually returning to normal, particularly in Baghdad.
Lines for gasoline are almost at their prewar lengths, thanks to the flood of fuel supplied by the allies. The food distribution system that provided sustenance to 60 percent of the population has resumed, and the lack of customs and tariff duties at borders has engendered a flood of small scale trade as shops reopen. Sidewalks are stacked high with appliances and electronics goods trucked in from Jordan and Kuwait.
American soldiers in the city have appeared relaxed over the last several days. This afternoon, soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division joked as they dealt with snarled traffic in northwest Baghdad. Residents of the city said they had noticed no change in the number of American patrols or in soldiers' behavior.
"There are no incidents in Baghdad," Muhammad Nazir, a 29-year-old college student, said, referring to clashes between Iraqis and Americans. "So it's not a problem."
Most of the fatal attacks have taken place outside Baghdad in central Iraq, which is dominated by Sunni Muslims. That is where Mr. Hussein, a Sunni himself, enjoyed his strongest support and where senior members of the Baath Party were from.
The current spate of attacks began on May 26 with twin attacks on American convoys. In Haditha, about 120 miles northwest of Baghdad, assailants fired small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns at an American resupply convoy at 6:15 a.m., military officials said. Major Mathew E. Schram, 36, of Wisconsin was killed, and another American soldier was wounded.
In Baghdad at 5 p.m. on the same day, Pfc. Jeremiah D. Smith, a 25-year-old from Odessa, Mo., was killed and three others injured when their vehicle drove over a mine or piece of unexploded ordnance on the main road leading to the city's airport. Military officials said they believed someone placed the device on the road.
The following day, May 27, a convoy of American soldiers was attacked in the town of Falluja, a city 35 miles west of Baghdad where residents said American soldiers had shot 18 unarmed demonstrators and wounded 80 during demonstrations in late April. American officials said their forces were fired on.
In the firefight, which began at 1:30 a.m., two American soldiers were killed and nine wounded by unknown men firing rocket-propelled grenades and small arms at an American convoy. Military officials said two attackers were also killed and six were wounded. One of the American dead was identified as Sgt. Thomas F. Broomhead, 34, of Ca撲n City, Colo. The identity of the other was not available.
A day later, on May 28, Specialist Jose A. Perez III, a 22-year-old from San Diego, Texas, was killed when his convoy was ambushed in the town of Taji, roughly 35 miles northwest of Baghdad. Six days later, on June 3, Sgt. Atanacio Haromarin, a 27-year-old from Baldwin Park, Calif., was killed when unknown gunmen fired guns and rocket-propelled grenades at his checkpoint outside the town of Balad north of Baghdad.
Two days later, on June 5, 20-year-old Private First Class Branden F. Oberleitner of Worthington, Ohio, was killed when an assailant fired a rocket-propelled grenade as he completed a patrol in Falluja. Five other soldiers were wounded.
Another two days later, on June 7, one American soldier was killed and five were wounded in an attack on American forces outside the city of Tikrit, in Saddam Hussein's home region, about 100 miles north of Baghdad. Small arms and rocket-propelled grenades were again used.
The latest killing occurred late Sunday night at an American checkpoint in the town of Al Qaim, near the Syrian border, military officials said.
An unknown number of individuals drove up to a checkpoint saying they needed help for a sick person in the car, officials said. Two people armed with pistols stepped out of the car and shot a soldier.
Other soldiers shot back, killing a gunman and capturing a second. At least one gunman fled in the car.