Saturday, January 5, 2008

Saturday Iraq Report

January 5, 2008
Saturday: 1 US Soldier, 22 Iraqis Killed; 38 Iraqis Wounded

Updated at 6:35 p.m. EST, Jan. 5, 2008

U.S. officials today confirmed that an Iraqi soldier shot two American soldiers to death the day after Christmas. Another American soldier was killed today in an IED explosion. Meanwhile, at least 22 Iraqis were killed and 38 more were wounded in the latest violence. Also, Iraqi newspapers have ceased publication over the weekend to observe Iraqi Army Day, so reports may be scant until Monday.

An Iraqi soldier shot and killed two American soldiers on Dec. 26 in Mosul. Their deaths had already been reported, but the details had not been released until today. The troops had been on a joint patrol when, for unknown reasons, the Iraqi fired upon the Americans. Three American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter were wounded as well. The shooter fled, but was later captured along with another soldier. It is believed that the Iraqi had ties to a Sunni militant group that has yet to join forces with Coalition troops as other militant groups have already done.

One U.S. soldier was killed today after an IED blasted his vehicle in Diyala province.

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