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Police: Iraqi soldier kills two U.S. troops

6 GIs hurt before assailant is killed; elsewhere, more blasts hit Baghdad

by msnbc.com news services
on Nov. 12, 2008.

BAGHDAD - An Iraqi soldier shot dead at least two U.S. troops Wednesday at a joint security station where Iraqi and American forces operate side-by-side, Iraqi police and a mortuary official said.

The shooting, which took place in northern Iraq's volatile Nineveh province, came after a series of bombings shook the capital Baghdad for the third straight day, killing 16 people and wounding dozens, police said. The bombings were part of an upswing of violence in the capital this month that has set back recent security gains.

In the face of the heightened violence in Baghdad, the Iraqi military said it was taking measures to curb "the increasing number of terrorist attacks" in the city. Military spokesman Maj. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the measures would include stepped up intelligence gathering and pre-emptive strikes on suspected extremists.

Soldiers killed
In the Nineveh incident, the Iraqi soldier opened fire on the Americans after a quarrel broke out between them, Iraqi Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mohammed al-Askari said.

He said the Americans then killed the Iraqi soldier, who was identified as Barzan al-Hadidi.

The U.S. military said it could not confirm details about the incident until an investigation is completed.

Blasts upset calm
In Baghdad, a car bomb and a roadside bomb exploding in quick succession killed 12 people and wounded 60 in the eastern New Baghdad district, police said.

The car bomb targeted a police patrol, then a roadside bomb killed and wounded those who had gathered at the blast site, police said.

The blasts were the latest in a series of attacks in Baghdad. A car bomb killed four people and wounded 13 in the Shaab district of northern Baghdad earlier in the day, police said. Another bomb in the same area wounded seven people.

The latest attacks follow two days of morning rush hour blasts in Baghdad that killed more than 30 people and wounded some 70.

Violence had fallen sharply in the capital before this month. But in the first nine days of November, there were at least 19 bombings in Baghdad, compared with 28 for all of October and 22 in September, according to an Associated Press tally.

Many of the attacks have targeted Iraqi police and army patrols, as well as government officials heading to work and commuters.

Trying to hammer out security deal
The rise in violence comes as U.S. and Iraqi officials try to hammer out a final agreement on a security deal that would keep U.S. troops in Iraq until the end of 2011. The security pact has drawn sharp criticism, especially from within the majority Shiite community.

The current U.N. mandate authorizing the U.S. presence in Iraq expires at the end of December. Without a security agreement or a new U.N. mandate, the U.S. military would have to cease operations in Iraq.

In an attempt to derail the pact, 10 Iraqi insurgent groups have agreed to ramp up attacks against U.S. and Iraqi forces, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremists.

But it is not clear who is responsible for the recent attacks in Baghdad.

In the volatile northern city of Mosul, unidentified gunmen killed two sisters from a Christian family as they were waiting in front of their house for a ride to work, police said. The women's mother was injured in the attack.

The attack in Mosul — an ethnically mixed city of Kurds, Christians and Arabs — comes after about 13,000 Christians fled the city last month in the face of threats and attacks from extremists. Some families have started returning to the city, although tensions linger.

Mosul has seen a spike in violence in recent months as the ethnic groups vie for power, and U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces continue to wage an intense battle with insurgents in the city.

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  • This is just one incident, but it will have ramifications. Serious ramifications, e.g. distrust between the U.S. military and the Iraqi army/police etc.

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  • I bet you anything that the soldiers fucked with him for a long time before he did this. Americans soldiers are fucked in the head, they have no respect or even common sense based on all the videos ive seen.

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  • does anyone find this absolutely hilarious?

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  • More human life for no reason. Wonderful! :D

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  • nope happened again... damn

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  • Your right warlord, I bet you anything that the soldiers fucked with him for a long time before he did this. Americans soldiers are fucked in the head, they have no respect or even common sense based on all the videos ive seen.

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  • C'mon fair go, everyone has a bad day.

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  • Even with training, those Iraqi clowns start spraying when action starts. I guess that's what happens when weapons are issued with an automatic function.

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  • i can't wait for the Iraqis to step up to the plate.

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  • it was more than just a slap cause,

    but good news anyway, RIP soldiers u died like a heros by an IRaqi solider who happened to be pissed of at that moment of time

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  • Wait for more details to pass judgement. This might be an Iraqi soldier pissed off, or it could be an inflitrator in an Iraqi Army uniform, or even an Iraqi who joing their army to do this at some point in the future and he decided to do it now.

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    • You are twisted in the head and seem to write things out the way you want to believe them.

      You sound like the rest of the clones who claim Americans kill civilians without any proof, than you run to a lame video of an Iraqi kid being teased by nothing but words and the puppy tossing video? You have weak garbled arguments and try to compare them to the most complete opposite thing.

      Love how you cherry pick your arguments also. So you care that they were teasing Iraqi kids but couldn't care less More..

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    • You sound like Las, just making shit up. All I said was wait for the facts. Then again, since when do facts mean anything to people like you?

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    • holy shit are you one delusional person.... Not even worth words. YOU ARE RUSSIAN AND SERVED IN THE RUSSIAN ARMY YOU PEOPLE HAVE NO ROOM TO LECTURE ANYONE. Your expected to rape and murder people. And that is why you think shooting someone is a logical response to being slapped.

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  • Obviously, the Iraq soldier was working for the other team (insurgents).

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  • U guys are a bunch of fags.."u live in your moms basement lol" "u make love to a picture of putin while staring at your moms ass." Gimme a break, 2 soldiers killed an u have nothing more intelligent to say other then mama jokes.

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  • Happy veterans day lol

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  • no date... this happened a year or more ago

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