|現在地 HOME > 掲示板 > 戦争３６ > 638.html ★阿修羅♪||
July 07, 2003
Two US soldiers killed in Iraqi attacks
by ap in baghdad
A bomb attack on a US military convoy in Baghdad and a shooting have claimed the lives of two more American soldiers.
Early today a homemade bomb was thrown at a US convoy killing a soldier in northern Baghdad and late last night two gunmen fired at a convoy killing another serviceman.
Meanwhile four US soldiers were wounded after a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at their convoy in the town of Ramadi last night. One Iraqi suspect was killed and another was wounded in the attack.
Tension has been increasing since a bomb blast on Saturday killed seven Iraqi police recruits as they graduated from a US-taught training course. Dozens more were injured.
The US military blamed the attack on Saddam loyalists seeking to target those working with the Americans, but many in Ramadi said they thought the Americans themselves were behind the incident.
Ramadi, 95 kilometres (60 miles) west of Baghdad, one of several Sunni-majority towns along the Euphrates River west of Baghdad, was a stronghold of support for Saddam and has been the site of frequent attacks that have killed Americans as well as Iraqis.
The death of the British cameraman and a grenade attack on a UN compound have raised concern that Iraq's insurgency will spread to Westerners in general.
On Saturday a rocket-propelled grenade was fired at the United Nation's International Organisation for Migration office in Mosul, 240 miles (385 kilometres) northwest of Baghdad.
The grenade hit a wall and damaged several cars, said Hamid Abdel-Jabar, a spokesman for the UN special representative in Iraq.
The United States agreed yesterday to release 11 Turkish special forces detained during a raid in northern Iraq, ending a stand-off that strained efforts by the Nato allies to repair relations frayed over the Iraq war.
The announcement came after Turkey's Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, spoke to Dick Cheney, the US Vice President, for about half an hour on the phone yesterday.
Iraqi Turks and Turkish army officers suggested that a local US military commander overstepped his authority in ordering the raid.
A Turkish paper said the raid came amid reports that Turks were planning to kill an unnamed senior Iraqi official in Kirkuk.