Monday, November 07, 2005

IOL: First US casualties reported in border battle

IOL: First US casualties reported in border battle: "US and Iraqi troops battled house-to-house with insurgents today, the third day of a major offensive against al-Qaida insurgents in a town near Iraq’s border with Syrian, and the US command reported the first American death in the operation.

The US commander of the joint force, Col Stephen Davis, said his troops had moved “about halfway” through Husaybah, a market town along the Euphrates River about 200 miles north-west of Baghdad.

At least 36 insurgents hav been killed since the assault began on Saturday, and about 200 men have been detained, Davis said.

He did not give a breakdown of nationalities of the detainees. Many were expected to be from a pro-insurgent Iraqi tribe.

A Marine was killed by small arms fire in Husaybah yesterday, the military said.

The New York Times, which has a journalist embedded with the US forces, reported that three Marines were also wounded yesterday.

The death raised to at least 2,046 the number of members of the US military who have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003."

Nation building is hard work. working hard. Can I go potty?

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