BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) – Deadly ambush teams struck U.S. Army
targets from west to north in the arc of resistance around Baghdad,
and the interim Iraqi leader called yesterday for an immediate
mobilization of the old Iraqi army to help the harried
Americans.

The United States would “speed the process of relieving the
burden on its troops” by recalling the disbanded Iraqi military,
said Iyad Allawi, current president of the Iraqi Governing Council.
The idea got a cool reception, however, from Baghdad’s U.S.-led
occupation authorities.

Attackers killed two U.S. soldiers in a clash outside the
northern city of Kirkuk late Saturday, and others blasted a
broken-down convoy in the western flashpoint city of Fallujah,
setting off spectacular explosions from an ammunition truck.

After the Fallujah ambush, American troops opened fire as they
sped away, killing one civilian and wounding at least four others,
witnesses and hospital officials said.

In the attack near Kirkuk, 160 miles north of Baghdad, an
American mounted patrol was ambushed by rocket-propelled grenades
and small-arms fire at 10:45 p.m. Saturday, said Maj. Josslyn
Aberle, 4th Infantry Division spokeswoman. The patrol returned
fire, but no additional enemy contact followed, she said.

In addition to the two killed, a third American was wounded,
Aberle reported.

Early yesterday, about 30 miles west of that attack, U.S. troops
were hit with grenades and small arms fire near Hawija, and killed
three Iraqis when they returned fire, the 4th Infantry Division
reported. Still farther west, near Beiji, American forces detained
five attackers after a brief firefight, the division said.

On the eastern edge of Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad, a
U.S. Army ammunition truck, part of a convoy, broke down on the
main road late yesterday morning and came under attack, the U.S.
command said in Baghdad. The truck and possibly two other vehicles
apparently were hit by rocket-propelled grenades.

“Shells were flying everywhere, like fireworks,” shopkeeper
Khalil al-Qubaisi, 45, said of the exploding ammunition truck.
Dozens of Iraqi youths danced and cheered as the vehicles went up
in flames.

Witnesses said U.S. troops trying to approach the site pulled
back after coming under grenade attack, and opened fire around
themselves as they left.

“I was fixing my car on the other side of the street, and
Americans fired in a circular motion as they tried to leave,” said
Thaer Ibrahim, 30, who was wounded in the shoulder by the American
fire. Four other civilians were hit, and one later died, said Dr.
Rafae al-Issawi, director of Fallujah General Hospital. In Baghdad,
the U.S. command said there were no American casualties.

The deaths in Kirkuk brought to 103 the number of Americans
killed by hostile fire since President Bush declared an end to
major combat on May 1.

A total of 338 Americans have died since the invasion of Iraq in
March, 217 of them in combat.

 

 

 

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