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Al Qaeda Kill Five More US Soldiers In Iraq

From the terrorists’ allies at Reuters:

US soldiers patrol an area in Baghdad’s al-Amil neighbourhood.

Roadside blasts kill 5 U.S. soldiers in Iraq

By Michael Holden

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Five American soldiers were killed in roadside bombings in Iraq on Friday, the U.S. military said on Saturday, while Iraqi police detained 22 suspects in raids against Shi’ite militiamen.

The latest arrests come as the U.S. military aggressively pursues what it describes as rogue elements of anti-U.S. Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army and other Shi’ite militia which Washington says are supported by Iran.

On Friday a respected think-tank said U.S. forces should not provoke the Mehdi Army, once described by the Pentagon as the greatest threat to peace in Iraq, into the sort of widespread violence that took Iraq to the brink of civil war.

Attacks are down by 60 percent since last June on the back of a boost of 30,000 extra U.S. troops, a decision by Sunni Arab tribal leaders to turn against al Qaeda and a six-month ceasefire ordered by Sadr last August.

U.S. commanders say Sunni Islamist al Qaeda is now the biggest security threat in Iraq, while some rogue members of Sadr’s splintered militia have ignored the ceasefire and other Shi’ite militia have continued attacks…

Imad al-Din al-Saidi, a prominent Mehdi army figure in Baghdad’s Sadr City, said Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers had taken advantage of his group’s ceasefire.

“Those parties have viciously abused the decision through the many break-ins and the random arrests of people in Sadr’s army and movement,” he said, adding he did not think the cleric would renew the freeze when it expires later this month.

In Friday’s bloodiest incident, four soldiers were killed by a roadside blast while on patrol northwest of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. military said in a statement. It blamed a deeply buried roadside bomb, a signature al Qaeda tactic.

Another soldier died in an explosion near his vehicle and three others were wounded near Tikrit in northern Iraq.

So far this month 13 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, according to icasualties.org, an independent Web site that tracks military deaths there. A total of 3,957 American soldiers have been killed since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003…

Just out of curiosity, why did Reuters bring up al-Sadr’s Mehdi Army when these are Al Qaeda IEDs?

Are they still hoping for an Iraq civil war? (That’s a rhetorical question. Of course they are.)

But for Reuters to do otherwise would be as unnatural as to write an article about the war in Iraq without citing the number of American casualties.

They are so concerned about our soldiers, you know.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 9th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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