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U.S. troops detain 11 Iraqis, question hundreds in search for 3 soldiers missing after ambush

(AP) U.S. troops have questioned hundreds of people and detained 11 in the search for three American soldiers feared captured by al-Qaida during a deadly weekend ambush south of Baghdad, the military said Tuesday. 

Four American soldiers and an Iraqi were killed in the weekend ambush and their vehicles burned. Two Defense Department officials said they could not yet identify one of the dead, hampering the military’s ability to determine who was missing. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the families had not been notified. 

“We have conducted more than 450 tactical interviews and detained 11 individuals” as of Monday night, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Garver said. 

Garver said the Americans were also turning to the local population, which he said “continues to be helpful in providing tips.” 

Elsewhere, attacks using bombs or mortars killed a total of 10 people in two markets in Baghdad, and dozens of suspected insurgents attacked a village north of the capital, killing five civilians and wounding 14, Iraqi authorities said. 

For a fourth day, jets, helicopters and unmanned surveillance aircraft crisscrossed the skies over the sparsely populated farm area near Mahmoudiya, 20 miles south of Baghdad to search for the missing soldiers. U.S. and Iraqi troops backed by dog teams searched vehicles and pedestrians. Other teams peered into crawl spaces and probed for possible secret chambers in homes. 

The dead and missing are from the 10th Mount Division, based at Fort Drum in New York. 

On Monday, the Islamic State of Iraq an al-Qaida front group that claims it has the soldiers warned the U.S. to halt its search by about 4,000 troops, and the Pentagon acknowledged for the first time that it believes the soldiers are in terrorist hands. 

Last June, al-Qaida claimed responsibility for the deaths of two U.S. soldiers whose mutilated bodies were later found in the same area. 

The three were last seen before a pre-dawn ambush Saturday that destroyed several Humvees in a U.S. convoy and killed four Americans and an Iraqi soldier traveling with them. 

Al-Qaida has been active for years in the string of towns and villages south of the capital, a mostly Sunni region known as the “triangle of death” because of frequent attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces as well as Shiite civilians traveling to shrine cities in the south. 

During the search Monday, U.S. and Iraqi forces exchanged fire with gunmen near the town of Youssifiyah, killing two and injuring four, an Iraqi army officer said. 

On Tuesday, an Iraqi interpreter working with the U.S. soldiers said the coalition’s search was focusing on rural areas outside Mahmoudiya and that life was proceeding as normal in the city. 

But he also said Iraqi civilians being stopped for questioning by U.S. forces appeared nervous that they could be attacked by insurgents later, if they were seen cooperating with the coalition. The interpreter spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern for his own security. 

The area around Mahmoudiya has long been especially volatile because Saddam Hussein recruited members of Sunni tribes there into his elite Republican Guard and intelligence services. Many of them were believed to have joined the insurgency after Saddam’s regime collapsed in the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. U.S. officers also say extremists have fled Baghdad for surrounding areas to escape the three-month Baghdad security crackdown. 

In central Baghdad, a pair of bombs hidden in plastic bags exploded Tuesday afternoon within minutes in two shops selling CDs and cigarettes in Tayaran Square. Police said at least seven people were killed and 17 wounded. 

The Shiite-controlled commercial area has been struck frequently by suicide attackers and roadside bombs. 

Under a new government policy limiting media coverage of such tragedies, Iraqi police prevented news photographers and cameramen from filming the scene. 

The order, announced over the weekend, is aimed at preventing journalists from inadvertently tampering with evidence, protecting the privacy of the wounded and keeping insurgents and militias from keeping track of their success rate. 

Several hours later, suspected insurgents fired four mortar shells at a fruit and vegetable wholesale market near Baghdad’s Shiite slum of Sadr City, killing four civilians and wounding 11, according to police and hospital officials. 

In Diyala province, about 50 suspected insurgents attacked a small Shiite village early Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 14, Iraqi army and police officers said. Locals fought back for about an hour, and an undetermined number of insurgents were killed or wounded, the officers said. 

In other violence or operations Tuesday: 

Gunmen killed an Iraqi army colonel working for the ministry of defense. 

The U.S.-led coalition detained 10 suspected insurgents during raids targeting al-Qaida in Iraq and another hard-line militant Sunni group, the Ansar al-Sunna Army, in the cities of Mosul, Fallujah and an area near the U.S. Air Force base of Taji, north of the capital, the military said. 

Mortar rounds slammed into the U.S.-controlled Green Zone and a central Baghdad street being reopened to the public, officials said. At least four people were injured, all of them on the central street, officials said. 

A roadside bomb apparently hit a U.S. convoy in the Kamaliya area of southeastern Baghdad. AP Television News video showed one of the convoy’s trucks burning and two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters circling overhead. Later, when the fire went out, Iraq men and young boys looted what remained of the truck.

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May 15, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

2 Comments »

  1. What action does the so-called Christian action network recommend as a result of the fact that some soldiers have been kidnapped. Haven’t those in the Christian right done enough with their support of Bush and the evil zionist neocons.

    Terrorism is what Israel and the United States perpatrate upon others. When they seek revenge they are within their right and that should be labeled “revenge attacks” not terrorism.

    Comment by thesouthtoday | May 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. LOL…. I can’t speak for Christian Action network but I can speak for myself. Considering those who have taken the 3 troops are saying now “Do not look for us” tells me that they are scared, and know the rain of hell about to be presented to them. Obviously your not as educated as you would like to be on the entire situation. I doubt You are American if you are than I would call you a bad excuse for one. I do believe I can say with certainty that things worse than this happens everyday over there, ‘even before the war started’. I bet your one of those people who seem to think we should allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons huh? Probably because its none of our business right? You probably also think we should allow people to cross our borders freely, So these nutcases can sneak suitcase nukes into our country and cause the death of millions of innocent Americans. Well news flash for you and anyone else who supports these types of things, and still consider yourselves sain. If they so much as accomplished just one detonatin of a nuke inside America. Mark my words “It will be WW3” Any Islamic country that may have had anything at all with that would suffer the same fate 10 fold. The U.S. is one of the few countries willing to take the appropriate precautionary measures to prevent such a thing from happening. I find it pretty interesting that when the dem’s won the house, they recieved a letter from a Terrorist organization thanking them and saying a win for the dems is a win for radical Islam. Do you know why that is? Its because of people like you from the far left.
    Have a good day and feal free to respond.
    God Bless and Take Care

    Comment by D | May 16, 2007 | Reply


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