5 U.S. Troops, 17 Iraqis Killed

November 17th, 2006  
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Topic: 5 U.S. Troops, 17 Iraqis Killed

Los Angeles Times
November 17, 2006
At least 17 Iraqis are slain on another bloody day in the capital.
By Louise Roug, Times Staff Writer
BAGHDAD Five more American soldiers have been killed in Iraq, the U.S. military said, and gunmen, rockets and roadside bombs killed at least 17 Iraqis and wounded 25 others Thursday.
For Iraqis in the capital, the violence began at 7 a.m., when a roadside bomb killed a policeman and injured three others in an eastern part of town. Twenty minutes later, armed men sprayed a bakery with gunfire, killing nine people and injuring two in central Baghdad.
A second bomb went off near a municipal court building on the eastern side of the city less than two hours later, killing one person and injuring eight others.
A third bomb injured four just before noon in the city center. Ten minutes later, a fourth bomb went off near a garbage collection point east of the Tigris River, killing one and injuring three others.
Later in the afternoon, explosives hidden in a motorcycle went off near a gas station in central Baghdad, killing one and injuring another. Four other bombs killed four people in separate attacks.
South of the capital, meanwhile, British forces were barraged by rockets and mortar fire; no one was killed in the attacks.
This morning, the U.S. military said a soldier was shot to death Thursday in the volatile Diyala province north of the capital. The other four Americans were killed in previous days.
In two separate attacks Wednesday in Diyala, one U.S. soldier was fatally shot and two others were killed by a roadside bomb. One more soldier was shot and killed in Baghdad on Tuesday, according to military statements.
At least 2,864 U.S. troops have died in Iraq since the 2003 American-led invasion, according to icasualties.org.
The American military also announced the killing of nine suspected insurgents in Yousifiya, south of the capital. U.S.-led forces saw the suspected rebels hiding in nearby woods and called in air support.
Several of the men killed in the aerial assault were wearing suicide vests, according to the U.S. military.
About 1,000 Iraqi soldiers searched villages south of the northern city of Kirkuk, where Iraqi and American troops have been targeted in the past.
Times staff writer Zeena Kareem in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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