|06-24-2005, 04:55 PM||#1|
Angling in the Deep
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Texas Riviera, Southern Mountains
Marines (female) Killed in Iraq
Like the article states there are no front lines in Iraq. Anyone and everyone is in constant danger over there. This is a horrible waste of life!!!
Suicide bomb attack kills six troops in Iraq
By Luke Baker
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb attack on a U.S. Marine vehicle in the city of Falluja killed six American troops in one of the deadliest single assaults on U.S. ground forces in
Iraq, the U.S. military said on Friday.
President Bush vowed insurgents in Iraq would be defeated.
"The way ahead is not going to be easy," Bush told a White House news conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari.
"The enemy's goal is to drive us out of Iraq before the Iraqis have established a secure, democratic government. They will not succeed," said Bush.
A U.S. official said two Marines were killed and 13 wounded in the bomb attack late on Thursday in Falluja, west of Baghdad.
Another four U.S. troops, thought to be three Marines and a sailor, were presumed dead, suggesting their remains had so far not been identified.
One of those confirmed dead and 11 of the wounded were women, a U.S. military statement said. Female Marines are used to search Iraqi women at checkpoints.
The other Marine confirmed dead was killed by small arms fire immediately after the bomb attack.
The deaths brought to at least 1,731 the number of U.S. troops killed since the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 to topple
U.S. officers say insurgents are developing more powerful "shaped" bombs that are capable of piercing if not destroying U.S. armored vehicles, greatly increasing the deadliness of their attacks.
In mid-June, five U.S. Marines were killed in a roadside bomb blast near Ramadi, a rebellious city west of Falluja. The week before five U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb attack on their vehicle in a nearby town.
Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one of the architects of the war that overthrew Saddam, was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate on Thursday who suggested he and others had painted too rosy a picture of the Iraq conflict.
"This war has been consistently and grossly mismanaged," Senator Edward Kennedy, a Democrat, told Rumsfeld. "And we are now in a seemingly intractable quagmire."
The top U.S. commander in the Middle East and Gulf regions, General John Abizaid, declined to endorse comments by Vice President
Dick Cheney that the insurgency was in its last throes.
He said the strength of the insurgency had not diminished and that more foreign fighters were in Iraq than six months ago.
"There's a lot of work to be done against the insurgency," Abizaid told the hearing.
Bush, under pressure over declining support among Americans for his policy on Iraq, discussed strategy with Jaafari, whose Shi'ite-led government took office just two months ago.
Jaafari told reporters he did not think a timetable should be set for U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq, saying their help would be needed for some time to come.
White House officials signaled there would be no major change in Bush's policy and that U.S. troops would stay in Iraq until Iraqis were sufficiently trained to defend themselves.
"This is a critical moment in Iraq," White House spokesman Scott McClellan said as he announced Bush would make a major address to troops and the nation on Iraq on Tuesday.
"This a real time of testing," McClellan said.
Jaafari's trip to Washington followed a visit to Brussels where he met donors to discuss financial support for Iraq.
Since his government was formed in April, violence has increased.
More than 1,000 Iraqis have been killed in guerrilla attacks and sabotage goes on unabated. A major oil pipeline was attacked on Thursday and a blast on a water pumping station left half of Baghdad without water earlier this week.
A contract dispute between the Iraqi government and a British security company that protects Baghdad airport blew up on Friday. The firm went on strike and civil aviation at the airport had to be shut down.
The Shi'ite-led government is trying to find ways to draw the minority Sunni Arabs, who form the core of the insurgency, fully into the political process and end the violence.
But one of Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite leaders, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, ruled out dialogue with insurgents who, he said, had declared all-out war on his community and "must be terminated."
"The terrorist groups have revealed their purpose, which is creating sectarian strife, and stand in the way of the political process and building the new Iraq," said Hakim, a day after two waves of car bombs killed more than 30 people in mainly Shi'ite neighborhoods of the capital.
(Additional reporting by Mariam Karouny, Alastair Macdonald, Waleed Ibrahim and Omar Anwar in Baghdad)
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