posted on Sep, 28 2005 @ 04:40 PM
A woman disguised in a man's robes and headdress slipped into a line of army recruits Wednesday and detonated explosives strapped to her body,
killing at least six recruits and wounding 35 the first known suicide attack by a woman in Iraq's insurgency. The attack in Tal Afar near the Syrian
border appeared aimed at showing that militants could still strike in a town where U.S. and Iraqi offensives drove out insurgents only two weeks ago.
A female suicide bomber may have been chosen because she could get through checkpoints at which women are rarely searched then don her disguise to
join the line of men, Iraqi officials said.
Iraq's most notorious insurgent group, al-Qaida in Iraq, claimed responsibility for the attack in an Internet statement, saying it was carried out by
a "blessed sister."
The bombing came a day after U.S. and Iraqi officials announced their forces killed the second-in-command of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abdullah Abu Azzam, in
a raid in Baghdad over the weekend. His death has not slowed insurgent violence, with at least 84 people including seven U.S. service members killed
in attacks since Sunday.
The U.S. military announced Wednesday that two more American soldiers and an airman were killed in violence and a Marine was killed by a non-combat
gunshot. The deaths brought to 1,922 the number of U.S. service members who have died since the Iraq war started in March 2003, according to an
Associated Press count.
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This just shows how determined the insurgency is to remove the west from Iraq.
Its just a shame that the violence would probably increase ten-fold if we left!
Its a lose-lose situation!