Iraqi Sniper fells occupation soldier
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Here's an encouraging US news bulletin. (I'm amused
by the way that US officer identifies Iraqis opposed
to the occupation as people opposed to "change".)
By the way we've had two bad attacks by some sort of
hackers on Arab Nationalist that force everyone off,
basically. I just got my first Ibrahim message in
about 24 hours now. If you opened the messages from
the assailant, it installed some system-killing virus
in your computer. Fortunately I didn't open any.
They arrived looking like they came from legitimate
addresses (including mine) but had unlikely titles and
all had the same number of K. So I just deleted
masses of them, but probably eliminated some
legitimate things as well. The first day I suddenly
found 400+ new messages, all of 2K or 5k or something.
Though each virus-laden message was small there were
enough of them to overflow my mail box.
I keep correspondence with Arab Nationalist at another
e-mail address, in part for such eventualities. If I
need to close down one mail box, I still have others
to fall back on. I also do that because these free
yahoo mailboxes fill up pretty fast, but if you have a
number of them, it isn't so big a problem.
Sniper Kills U.S. Soldier in Baghdad
38 minutes ago
By CHRIS TOMLINSON, Associated Press Writer
KHALDIYAH, Iraq - A sniper killed a U.S. soldier on
patrol in Baghdad with a single shot, the military
said Tuesday, while Iraqi officials in nearby towns
were targeted by drive-by shootings likely designed to
intimidate them against cooperating with Americans.
The violence came as U.S. military officials announced
that American troops had detained 371 people in three
days of sweeps in Baghdad and northern Iraq (news -
web sites) meant to "isolate and defeat remaining
pockets of resistance that are seeking to delay the
transition to a peaceful and stable Iraq."
During the attack on the U.S. soldier Monday night,
the sniper escaped as the soldier collapsed on the
ground. He was hustled into a military vehicle and
evacuated to a first aid station, but died shortly
afterward, said Maj. Sean Gibson, a U.S. military
The identity of the soldier, from the 1st Armored
Division, was withheld pending notification of
Gibson said the soldier was shot in the chest, even
though he was protected by body armor. The other
troops on the patrol did not see the gunman, and it
was not clear if they returned fire, Gibson said.
On Sunday, insurgents ambushed two U.S. military
convoys north of Baghdad, wounding 10 soldiers and an
unknown number of Iraqi civilians traveling on a bus
that was passing one of the convoys.
About 50 U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq since major
combat operations were declared over on May 1, either
by hostile fire or operational accidents.
In Fallujah, 35 miles west of Baghdad, suspected
anti-American insurgents fired shots into the mayor's
office and the courthouse. In the nearby town of
Khaldiyah, more shots were fired into a police station
overnight Tuesday. No injuries were reported.
U.S. forces have restored the authority of local
government agencies in the area, working closely with
mayors to coordinate aid delivery, paying salaries for
judges to resume trials and rearming Iraqi police and
conducting joint patrols.
The shootings were the first known attacks directed
against Iraqi officials for cooperating with U.S.
forces and represented a new front in the insurgents
attempt to undermine U.S. forces in Iraq.
"There is an element of society here that doesn't want
change and they see the coalition forces as bringing
change in the form of freedom and democracy," said
Col. David Perkins, commander of the 3rd Infantry
Division's 2nd Brigade. "Anyone they think is helping
with that change they are going to try to intimidate
and that won't work."
The U.S. military entered its third day of a
nationwide sweep dubbed Operation Desert Scorpion that
aims to arrest anti-American insurgents and find heavy
In the northern towns of Tikrit and Kirkuk, coalition
forces conducted 36 raids and detained 215
individuals, said a statement from U.S. Central
Troops in the Baghdad area staged 11 raids and
detained 156 people, in addition to seizing 121
rifles, two submachine guns, 19 pistols, 18
rocket-propelled grenades, four machine guns, 31
pounds of explosives, and some chemical protective
masks, the statement said.
The statement did not say how many of the detainees
were released, but officers on the ground said many
were set free after brief interrogations clearing them
A U.S. officer familiar with the interrogation of the
prisoners said they were supplying important
information, but he declined to elaborate and spoke on
condition of anonymity.
After barging into a tough Sunni Muslim neighborhood
and seizing 44 men for questioning, U.S. soldiers
released all but 13 on Tuesday. Truckloads of medical
supplies seized in the raids were to be donated to a
The Iraqis remaining in custody included three
suspected of organizing and helping carrying out a
June 1 ambush on U.S. troops in the Azamiyah
All were being interrogated by Army
counterintelligence officers, in hopes of gleaning
leads to the dozen or so Iraqi irregulars who shot and
tossed grenades at soldiers from the U.S. Army's 1st
Armored Division. The June 1 ambush at the Abu Hanifa
mosque in east Baghdad injured two U.S. soldiers and
sparked a firefight that killed two Iraqis.
A pair of raids Monday capped weeks of painstaking
intelligence gathering from Iraqi informants who
picked out suspects' houses, as well as surveillance
photos from U.S. Special Forces and satellite imagery,
said Maj. Scott Bisciotti, an operations officer with
"We've been pursuing every lead, trying to connect all
the dots and develop targets," Bisciotti said.
AP correspondent Jim Krane contributed to this report.