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TERRORISM: Deadly start to Ramadan in Iraq

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posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 08:13 AM
The holy Muslim month of Ramadan got off to an uneasy start Saturday as an Iraqi official was assassinated in Kirkuk, a U.S. soldier was killed in Mosul, a hospital worker died in a mortar attack and a police officer was killed.
Maj. Gen. Anwar Mohammed Amin, commander of the Iraqi National Guard of Kirkuk, said unknown gunmen assassinated Gafour Hakeem, head of the management department in the Directorate of Education in Kirkuk, Saturday morning.

In Mosul, a soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia died following a car bombing attack Friday on a military convoy in east central Mosul, the U.S. military said. The death brings to 1,090 the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

In Baghdad, two mortar shells exploded. One shell killed a medic when it exploded in the front yard of Ibn al-Bitar hospital Saturday morning, an Iraqi official said.

A few blocks away another mortar shell exploded in the front yard of the Melia-Mansour Hotel at 8:45 a.m., Col. Adnan Abdul Rahman, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry told CNN.

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An Iraqi police officer was killed and another police officer wounded when insurgents threw a hand grenade at their police vehicle when they were on duty in al-Amil neighborhood, southwest of Baghdad, on Saturday morning.

Also, five churches in four neighborhoods were damaged by explosions. No injuries were reported.

Iraqi and U.S. officials have been predicting an upsurge in violence following the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Friday. It appears that this is just it.

[edit on 21-10-2004 by Banshee]

posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 09:24 AM
Doesnt look good for Bush. tsk tsk

I do not like war or killing but i cant be a hyprocrit about it. I like things to look real baaaaad for Bush. yes.


posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 09:39 AM
I thought Ramadan was one of the four "Forbidden Months", and that fighting ceases?

posted on Oct, 16 2004 @ 10:58 AM
In an Update to the main story. Car bombs have killed a total of 5 U.S. Army troops. In addition more kidnappings have been reported as well.

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Car bombs killed five U.S. troops in Iraq, the U.S. military said Saturday, the latest in a string of such attacks at the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Blasts also targeted five churches in the Iraqi capital.

Later on Saturday, a group identifying itself as the Islamic Brigade in Mosul claimed to have kidnapped two Turkish drivers on a highway near Mosul, the group said in a videotape it released. One of the kidnappers said the Turkish government must order the company where the two men worked to leave Iraq or they will be killed.

The two car bombs that killed the U.S. soldiers went off Friday, the military said. One, carried out by a suicide bomber driving an explosive-laden vehicle, targeted a U.S. patrol near the town of Qaim, an insurgent hotspot near the border with Syria, killing four U.S. troops, according to Lt. Col. Chris Woodbridge, commander of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.
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