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October 16, 2005 - MidEastWire.com Daily Iraq Monitor

October 16, 2005


Five US soldiers were killed in violent clashes between unknown gunmen and the US troops. All types of weapons were used in the clashes, which erupted at the eastern entrance of Al-Ramadi. A US Army Hummer vehicle was destroyed in the clashes.

Elsewhere in Al-Anbar Governorate, an explosive charge went off as a US convoy was passing by in Husaybah al-Sharqiyah area. Eyewitnesses said that a US armoured vehicle was completely burned as a result of the explosion. The US troops cordoned off the scene of the incident and moved the wounded soldiers by helicopters.

Meanwhile, the US Army has announced the arrest of the official in charge of propaganda at Al-Qaeda organization in Western Iraq during raids conducted last month. A US Army statement said that a multinational force raided a place suspected of being used as a safe haven for terrorists, where it arrested Yasir Khadr Muhammad Jasim al-Karabili, alias Abu-Dujanah. The statement said that Abu-Dujanah cell included cameramen who used the video to film the attacks of insurgents against Iraqis, the coalition troops, and the Iraqi security agencies.

An Iraqi police source said three Iraqi soldiers were killed in a bomb attack targeting a convoy transporting referendum cards along a road in Al-Muqdadiyah, north of Baghdad. In Ba'qubah, the Iraqi police said three Iraqi soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in a roadside bomb attack on their convoy.

In Al-Latifiyah, south of Baghdad, three Iraqi soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a mortar attack on an Iraqi National Guards checkpoint. In Al-Hillah, the Iraqi police reported finding a booby-trapped car carrying 12 mortar shells, which they diffused.

Sources at the Iraqi Interior Ministry have reported that mortar shells were fired on the Green Zone, where tight security measures are imposed, the morning after the referendum on the constitution. Three strong explosions were heard in the center of Baghdad as movement resumed in the city after a curfew was imposed for security reasons. No casualties or financial damages were reported as a result of the explosions.

In another development, a bomb exploded when a US patrol was passing through the troubled Al-Dawrah area, southern of Baghdad. A Humvee was damaged but no casualties were reported in the attack. - Al Arabiya TV, United Arab Emirates



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