Seven Die in Three Incidents in Iraq
By Jim Garamone
Jan. 24, 2004
– Coalition officials reported seven Americans killed in
operations in Iraq overnight and today.
Force All American soldiers were killed and six were wounded when
a vehicle-based improvised explosive device detonated in Khalidiyah
today, according to a U.S. Central Command release. In addition,
several Iraqi civilians were wounded in this attack. The attack
is under investigation.
improvised explosive device exploded and killed two American soldiers
this morning north of Fallujah. The city is a center of anti-coalition
activity. The device exploded just as a four-vehicle convoy passed.
The quick- reaction force – the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute
Infantry Regiment – responded and secured the area. There
are no further details, said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy director
of operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7, during a Baghdad
Also, an "aircraft
incident" last night killed two Americans. "We have
no idea whether the aircraft was shot down or (if the crash was)
weather-related," Kimmitt told reporters. The general did
say that an accompanying aircraft did not see any ground fire
before the helicopter crashed. An accident investigation team
is on the scene.
officials are taking steps to improve security following the Jan.
20 attack on Assassin’s Gate – an access area to the coalition
headquarters area in Baghdad – in which 20 Iraqis were killed
and another 63 injured. Kimmitt said the coalition always does
a careful review of all terrorist incidents with an eye to improve
security, and this one is no different.
spokesman Dan Senor said local Iraqis have not let the attack
deter them from reporting to work. "The Iraqi people are
not going to be deterred from building a new Iraq," he said.
He noted that the frequency and quality of intelligence that has
come in to the coalition since the incident has increased.
In the past
24 hours, coalition forces conducted 1,506 patrols, 14 offensive
operations and 17 raids, and captured 72 anti-coalition and anti-Iraqi
suspects, Kimmitt said.
Mosul searched more than 800 homes. There were also five drive-by
shootings in Mosul that wounded four Iraqi police. Also in the
north, coalition forces identified a Fedayeen Saddam leader in
Kirkuk they had captured earlier. He was a cell leader in the
an IED detonated near the city council building after a military
patrol passed. Four Iraqis were killed, one was seriously wounded,
and 33 were treated for minor injuries. Four coalition soldiers
were also treated for minor injuries in the attack.
coalition forces conducted 52 simultaneous raids in support of
Operation Iron Resolve. Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division
detained 24 individuals and seized bomb-making materials, documents
that over the past week there have been an average of 17 engagements
daily against coalition military personnel, just under four attacks
daily against Iraqi security forces and a bit more than one attack
daily against Iraqi civilians. Coalition officials maintained
that conditions remain "relatively stable."
also about the political process. He said the overwhelming majority
of the Iraqi Governing Council voted for the November 15th agreement
that will turn sovereignty over to an Iraqi government. He said
the agreement is open to clarifications and elaborations on the
caucus system and broader political process. "But the framework
and principles and process going forward stands," he said.
"Any modifications would have to adhere to the November 15th
coalition officials in Iraq are waiting for the deployment of
a United Nations team that will assess the viability of direct
elections in the country. Many in Iraq, especially Shia leader
Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, want direct elections rather than
the caucuses proposed by coalition authorities. The United Nations
team has tremendous experience in elections and the coalition
will await their report, Senor said.