Friday, December 08, 2006

Iraqis, U.S. dispute deadly raid in new friction�|�Top News�|�Reuters.com

Reuters.com: BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi and U.S. officials disputed each others' accounts of an overnight raid and air strike on Friday that killed up to 20 people in a new sign of friction over allegations of American troops killing civilians.

The U.S. military said ground forces with air support killed 20 suspected al Qaeda militants, including two women, in an area where the Sunni Arab insurgency is strong.

Police and officials in Ishaqi, 90 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, said the bodies of 17 civilians, including six women and five children, were found in the rubble of two homes.

'The Americans have done this before but they always deny it,' Ishaqi Mayor Amer Alwan told Reuters by telephone. 'I want the world to know what's happening here.'

Complaints that unjustified killings by U.S. troops are common have soured Iraqis' sentiment toward the U.S. presence in Iraq and prompted Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki earlier this year to say he was losing patience over such reports.

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Wow. What the hell are we even doing over there anymore. We built our forward bases to have a military presence there from now on. Go back to your bases, get the rest out and quit killing people. It's not that god damn hard.

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