Seven Marines Killed in Fallujah Attack
Marines and three members of the Iraqi National Guard were killed
in a terror attack in the suburbs of Fallujah, officials in Baghdad
said late Monday.
car bomb exploded, killing the men. News reports indicated other
casualties, but no official word confirmed that. The seven Marines
were part of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. It was the largest
U.S. death toll in the region since April, when Marines surrounded
the city. A negotiated settlement ended the fighting.
is the heart of anti-Iraqi forces, officials said. The region
was a hotbed of support for the former regime of Saddam Hussein
and remains a flash point for resistance to the Iraqi interim
government and Multinational Force Iraq.
said two Humvees were also destroyed in the attack, which sent
an engine from the car used to launch the attack "a good
and Marines have been patrolling the outskirts of the city together
since April. "This desperate act of inhumanity will only
serve to strengthen our commitment to the Iraqi people,"
Multinational Force officials said in a release. "MNF stands
with Iraqis who continue to brave intimidation and terror tactics
in quest of a better life.
forces will continue to stay the course in order to ensure Iraqi
security forces have everything necessary to set the conditions
required to foster rule of law and revitalization of Iraq."
to press reports, there was also fighting in Mosul and Iraqi police
seized a car packed with explosives in the city of Kirkuk. The
seizure follows an attack on a police station there that killed
15 officers Sept. 5.
revealed that medical tests prove the man they have in custody
is not Izzat Ibrahim Al-Douri, the former armed forces chief in
Saddam's regime. Officials said the man they have is an al-Douri
relative. Iraqi officials released conflicting reports Sept. 5
on the identity of the man