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Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq
10-26-2006, 05:49 AM
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Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Five U.S. troops have died during military operations in Anbar province, west of Baghdad, a U.S. military statement said Thursday.
The deaths bring the U.S. military death toll in October to 96, the highest monthly toll since October a year ago.
"One Sailor assigned to 3rd Naval Construction Regiment, two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 and two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Wednesday from injuries sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province," the statement said.
The number of U.S. troops killed in the Iraq war stands at 2,802. Seven American military contractors also have died. ([url=jcnnVideo('play','/video/world/2006/10/25/ware.iraq.the.enemy.cnn','2006/11/02');]Watch an examination of the groups the U.S. is fighting -- 3:01[/url])
Iraqi security forces clashed with gunmen Thursday morning in two cities in Diyala province, a Diyala Joint Coordination Center official said.
One firefight erupted in Muradiya, just south of Baquba, and a second began in Kan Bani Saad. Baquba is about 35 miles north of Baghdad.
In Kan Bani Saad, at least four people were wounded in fighting and taken to a hospital in eastern Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, a hospital official said.
There were no immediate reports of casualties in Muradiya.
Separately, police found 10 bullet-riddled bodies in neighborhoods throughout the capital Wednesday, a Baghdad Emergency Police official said.
The dead are thought to be victims of Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence.
Iraqi leader did not approve raid on militia

Iraq's prime minister said he was not consulted and did not approve a raid Wednesday to capture a death squad leader in Baghdad's Sadr City.
His statement is at odds with a U.S. military statement that said Wednesday's operation was "authorized by the government of Iraq."
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, when asked about the raid at a news conference, spoke about "a disconnect" between coalition and Iraqi forces.
"What is happening in Sadr City and other areas is really a result of a disconnect in the current coordination between our security apparatus and Multi-National Forces," he said. ([url=jcnnVideo('play','/video/world/2006/10/25/damon.iraq.raids.maliki.ap','2006/11/01');]Watch aftermath of two-hour firefight in Sadr City -- 2:44[/url])
Al-Maliki said there must be better cooperation and the issue has to be discussed.
The raid sparked a two-hour firefight with the Mehdi Army militia of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Four people were killed and 20 injured according to an Iraq Interior Ministry official.
A U.S. military statement issued later Wednesday said two raids were conducted, 10 insurgents were killed and two wounded in the gunbattle.
However, it added that "possible civilian casualties could not be assessed due to the hostile conditions on the objectives."
Thirteen people were detained, the military said.
"Iraqi forces and coalition forces had credible intelligence indicating the location of an insurgent leader personally involved in and directing widespread death squad activity for numerous murder cells in eastern Baghdad," the statement said. ([url=jcnnVideo('play','/video/world/2006/10/25/roberts.securing.baghdad.cnn','2006/11/01');]Watch how trying to calm Baghdad is like a carnival game -- 3:39[/url] [url=jcnnVideo('play','/video/world/2006/10/25/roberts.securing.baghdad.cnn','2006/11/01');][Image: icon_video.gif][/url])
"The ground assault force also planned to act on credible intelligence indicating that criminals involved in the kidnapping of a U.S. soldier were located in a Sadr City mosque," the statement said.
That soldier, an Iraqi-American translator, is believed to have been abducted Monday from a relative's house, the U.S. military said.
The search continued Wednesday for the soldier, who didn't have permission to visit his family, a public affairs officer for the 4th Infantry Division said. (Full story)
Prime minister criticizes timeline

Al-Maliki also criticized remarks from U.S. officials about the establishment of timelines for military and political progress in the country. (Full story)
"I affirm that this government represents the will of the Iraqi people and the national will and no one has the right to impose timetables on it," al-Maliki said.
Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, said on Tuesday, "Success in Iraq is possible and can be achieved on a realistic timetable. Iraqi leaders must step up to achieve key political and security milestones on which they have agreed."
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10-26-2006, 12:49 PM
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Five U.S. troops killed in Iraq
It has become a part of our daily lives.To hear about more troops getting killed.
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