posted on Jun, 24 2005 @ 09:59 AM
A suicide bomber has killed 5 U.S. marines in Baghdad today. Three female Marines were among those killed. So far over 44 females serving in the U.S.
forces have been killed. The truck which was attacks was transporting a U.S. military civil affairs team to assist with the searches of Iraqi women at
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber slammed into a 7-ton U.S. military vehicle in Fallujah on Friday, and Marine sources told NBC News that five
Marines were killed and 10 others wounded.
Three of the dead were female Marines and two male, the sources said. Earlier reports said all five were women.
In any case, a review of casualty records indicates the attack is the single deadliest toll for female servicemembers in Iraq. Since the war started,
44 female soldiers have died in attacks or in accidents while in Iraq.
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While females have been allowed in front line combat units for some time now (This was not per say a frontline unit) it is still shocking to me to
see the reports. I fully support the practice but still cannot rid myself of my ingrained perspective when I see these type of stories. While it is
easy to sit here as an armchair General, better protection needs to be afforded to transport units on the ground. There were 19 people in this truck
and the loss of life could have been much greater. In fact why not fly them to the location? Despite the threat of MANPADS, it may be safer.
[edit on 24-6-2005 by John bull 1]
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