13th June 02:49
'12 attacks daily' on U.S. convoys.
From CNN, 8/24/03:
CNN's Rym Brahimi
BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) --
Violent attacks on U.S. and British forces in Iraq persist, while
deadly ethnic clashes have erupted in the north.
At the same time, the investigation into the bombing of the United
Nations headquarters in Baghdad continues, following the deaths of at
least 22 people in the attack.
CNN correspondent Rym Brahimi reported Sunday from Baghdad on the
latest developments in Iraq.
We were just briefed by the spokesman of the coalition authority, and
they are saying that to this day there are about 12 attacks daily
against U.S. military convoys.
In this case, a convoy was using a bridge on the western highway,
basically the road to Amman, in neighboring Jordan.
Eyewitnesses say that they heard a bang and then saw the Humvee, which
was the last vehicle in the convoy, apparently -- they saw it on fire.
U.S. military ran to the scene, cordoned off the area and evacuated
the vehicle and some people who seemed to be slightly injured in that
vehicle, according to eyewitnesses.
Meanwhile in the north, there seem to be ethnic clashes between
Turkmen and Kurds -- clashes that actually turned very violent and led
to the deaths of two Turkmen and the wounding of two others.
And that's not all.
After those ethnic clashes in the north that have been going on for
two days, in the south British military officials are still
investigating an incident where three British military servicemen were
killed when their vehicle was ambushed.
So not a very stable picture for the time being, although coalition
authorities insist that there are also a lot of good projects going
They made a list of all the projects involving water irrigation that
have been continuing despite these attacks.
At the United Nations, meanwhile, the investigation goes on, as well.
But relatives of the local victims that died in that tragic bombing
are increasingly worried and angry because they haven't been able to
get access to the bodies of their loved ones, and they are very
concerned about that.
It's been six days and local tradition here has it that bodies should
be buried as soon as possible after the death.
"My answer is: Bring them on."
Ge****e W. AWOL Bush