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.