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Insurgents kill 17 Iraqis, 1 U.S. soldier (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 09:07 PM
In a shocking display of coordinated violence, insurgents have unleashed a rampage of death and destruction throughout Iraq this weekend. The reign of terror was highlighted by multiple suicide bombings throughout Baghdad and Mosul.
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Insurgents unleashed a second day of deadly bombings in Iraq's capital and beyond Saturday, staging a series of carefully coordinated and increasingly sophisticated assaults that killed at least 65 over two days and appeared timed to deflate hopes in Washington and Baghdad that the installation of the nation's first democratically elected government would curb spiking violence.

At least 17 Iraqis and one U.S. soldier were killed in the bloodletting Saturday. The military also announced that six other U.S. soldiers had been killed and six wounded in Iraq since Thursday.

At least five car bombs rocked Baghdad on Saturday, the heart of the Iraqi government and American occupation, U.S. military spokesman Greg Kaufman said. Six more exploded in the northern city of Mosul, which also has seen frequent attacks.

Saturday's attacks included a suicide bombing that targeted a joint U.S. military and Iraqi police patrol in western Baghdad, killing one Iraqi and wounding seven, including four policemen, police Maj. Mousa Abdul Karim said.

Minutes later, a second suicide bomber plowed into a civilian convoy near the offices of the National Dialogue Council, a coalition of 10 Sunni Arab factions that was negotiating for a stake in the new government. The blast killed at least one council guard and injured 18 other Iraqis, said police Capt. Kadhim Abbas at al-Yarmouk Hospital.

A third suicide car bomb targeting an Iraqi army patrol exploded near the Mohammed Rasoul Allah Mosque in eastern Baghdad, killing two Iraqi women and a girl, and seriously wounding four soldiers, police Lt. Col. Ahmed Abboud Effait said.

Later, a fourth suicide attacker targeted an American patrol near al-Shaab stadium in eastern Baghdad, killing two civilians in passing cars and injuring four, police said.

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We have a difficult job to do in Iraq, and all of my pride and gratitude goes out to the troops who are serving there, and to their families.

To secure a fertile garden and keep the tender root of democracy safe until it can grow into a great and solid thing which can stand on it’s own is not so easy to do in this desert. Still, I believe it to be quite possible, if we are truly commited to this cause!

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