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BAGHDAD – Two U.S. troops were killed Saturday by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real bullets into a training exercise and opened fire, raising fresh concerns about insurgents worming into the nation's security forces as the Americans prepare to leave by the year's end.
A U.S. military official said the shooter was immediately killed by American soldiers who were running the morning drill at a training center on a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul. The U.S. official said the exercise was not meant to involve live ammunition, and an Iraqi army officer said the shooting appeared to have been planned.
Additionally, another American soldier was killed Saturday during an unrelated military operation in central Iraq, making it one of the deadliest days for U.S. forces in the country in months. A U.S. military statement offered no details about that death.
Originally posted by buni11687
I know this event is still pretty new and all the details are not out yet, but how could someone smuggle real bullets to a training excersise? Arent they supposed to have security checkpoints or something like that?
Originally posted by TKDRL
Perhaps they weren't smuggled in at all, just one of the guns was loaded with live ammo by accident? A soldier made a mistake and picked up the wrong gun? Or even worse a soldier loaded a clip with a few live rounds on purpose....