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Insurgents attack Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison
Assault on jail results in 18 U.S. casualties, officials tell NBC NewsBREAKING NEWS
By Jim Miklaszewski
Updated: 2:18 p.m. ET April 2, 2005
WASHINGTON - A group of 40 to 60 insurgents attacked the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq late Saturday in a well-coordinated assault that inflicted 18 American casualties, U.S. military officials told NBC News.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, could not immediately provide a breakdown on the number of dead or wounded.
The officials said the insurgents attacked with two car or truck bombs, 40 mortars and an intense ground assault.
U.S. forces in Iraq house many suspected insurgents at the prison outside Baghdad, which is at the center of a prison abuse scandal.
I know that the Air Force took over some of the prison guard duties in Iraq. I don't know if Abu Ghraib was one of them or not. It would be my career field and I'm hoping none of my friends are involved (I hope that doesn't sound selfish) I pray the dead aren't many.
Just talked to some buddies. And yes, the Air Force Security Forces did take over that prison from the Army. Still doesn't mean, Air Force personnel were some or all the causaulties, but the likely hood is there.
Most had minor wounds.
At Least 20 U.S. Troops Wounded in Attack on Iraqi Prison
By EDWARD WONG
AGHDAD, Iraq, April 3 - Using suicide car bombs and an array of weapons, scores of insurgents made the biggest assault yet on the American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison on Saturday evening, American military officials said. At least 20 American soldiers and marines were wounded.
Forty to 60 insurgents attacked the prison from opposite directions, but were repelled by the Americans in a pitched battle that lasted for 30 to 40 minutes, the officials said. They added that they knew of only one insurgent who had been killed, but said it was almost certain the guerrillas suffered additional casualties.
The assault appeared to be an attempt to break prisoners out of a part of the center that is controlled by Iraqi security forces, said Lt. Col. Guy Rudisill, a spokesman for the American detainee system in Iraq.
The assault was so intense that the American troops at the prison called in three Apache attack helicopters and a Marine infantry company, the colonel said. The marines quickly secured the area around the prison. Of the 20 Americans hurt, 18 had only minor wounds, Colonel Rudisill said.
The attack was the latest in a recent pattern of large, well-organized bands of guerrillas battling American forces.
On March 23, American troops helped Iraqi forces overrun a lakeside training camp of scores of insurgents northwest of Baghdad. Four days earlier, an American convoy fended off an ambush by 40 to 50 insurgents southeast of the capital.
The Americans are holding 3,446 detainees in Abu Ghraib, where eight American soldiers were charged last year with prisoner abuse. Iraqi security forces are also holding prisoners there, though Colonel Rudisill said that he did not know how many the Iraqis had in custody.
The attack began after 7 p.m., when a suicide car bomber tried ramming into the northeast corner of the prison, the colonel said. Insurgents there then opened up with small arms and mortar fire. At the southwest corner, another suicide car bomber exploded, followed by more guerrilla fire.
On Saturday morning, a car bomb exploded at a police station in the town of Khan Bani Saad, 10 miles north of Baghdad, killing four policemen and one civilian and wounding three policemen and a civilian, the Interior Ministry said.
Also on Saturday, the American military said a marine was killed the previous day by small-arms fire in Ramadi.
Now there saying 44 soliders and marines were injured in the attack. That's over double what they originally reported.
The "soldier" part does not necessary mean that it was Army. The press and even some Army officials refer to Air Force service members as "soldiers" The correct term is "Airmen" as we all know.
04-03-2005, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the updates.
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