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Two Iraqi Soldiers Die Trying To Stop Bomber

From their allies (that is, the bombers) at the Associated Press:

A man checks Iraqi Army soldiers for signs of life moments after a suicide attack on a celebration marking Army Day in the Karradah neighborhood of central Baghdad, Iraq on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008.

Iraqi soldiers die trying to stop suicide bomber

Jan. 6, 2008


BAGHDAD — Two Iraqi soldiers threw themselves on a suicide bomber who slipped into a crowd celebrating Iraq’s Army Day, but the attacker detonated an explosives vest, killing both soldiers and another nine people, the U.S. military and police said.

It was the deadliest of a series of attacks across Baghdad that left as many as 16 people dead.

About two dozen soldiers were in the street celebrating at an Army Day event hosted by a local non-governmental agency pushing for unity in Iraq. Several soldiers and civilians lay in pools of blood after the attacker struck, AK-47 machine guns and shoes scattered on the ground.

Among the dead were four police officers, three Iraqi soldiers and four civilians, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media.

A U.S. military statement four people were killed.

“These two Iraqi martyrs gave their lives so that others might live,” the statement said.

Elsewhere in eastern Baghdad a parked car bomb exploded and four mortars landed near a bus terminal, killing one civilian, police said.

And in northeastern Baghdad, a parked car bomb exploded outside a popular restaurant, killing one policeman and two civilians, police said.

Earlier today, a Shiite tribal sheik who was trying to set up a U.S.-backed armed group to combat militias was shot to death in Shaab, one of Baghdad’s most dangerous neighborhoods and a center for outlaw Shiite fighters, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to the media…

Near Muqdadiyah, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, a joint Iraqi-U.S. patrol today discovered five severed heads, Iraqi military officials said on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media. No further details were immediately available…

These two heroic soldiers represent what Iraqis will have to do as a country, if they are ever going to know any peace.

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