A roadside bomb yesterday killed three British soldiers and wounded two others, British officials said, a day after dozens died in a wave of attacks in Baghdad. Also, the US command announced charges against 11 US soldiers for assaulting detainees.
The attack against the British, who have suffered far fewer casualties than the larger American force, occurred about 2:30am in the city of Amarah in Maysan province, 290km southeast of Baghdad.
"We can confirm that three soldiers from South Force Maysan have died from injuries sustained in hostile action in the early hours of [yesterday] morning," a British spokesman said on customary condition of anonymity.
Iraqi police said a British patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in the Risaala neighborhood of central Amarah.
In London, a Ministry of Defense spokesman said injuries to the two wounded soldiers were not life-threatening. The deaths bring the total number of British personnel who have died in Iraq as a result of combat, accident or natural causes to 92.
As of Friday, at least 1,763 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an AP count. At least 1,357 died as a result of hostile action. The figures include five military civilians.
In Baghdad, a suicide car bomber struck yesterday near a US military convoy in the southeast of the city, setting a Humvee ablaze, police Lieutenant Colonel Hassan Salloub said. There were no reports of US casualties.
3 Britons killed
Britain's force is largely based in the mostly Shiite southern Iraq, where support for the Shiite-led government in Baghdad is stronger. Last November, three British soldiers were killed in a suicide vehicle bombing in south-central Iraq, where they were reinforcing US troops during the siege of the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Fallujah.
In a statement yesterday, the US military said the charges against the 11 troops, who were not identified, were filed Wednesday following a complaint by another soldier that "other soldiers had allegedly assaulted some suspected terrorists."
"None of the insurgents required medical treatment for injuries related to the alleged assault," the statement added. "Only one of the suspected terrorists remains in custody of coalition forces at this time."
The statement said the soldiers were assigned to the Army's Task Force Baghdad but gave no further details.
The statement said the Army's Criminal Investigation Division had begun an investigation, which will determine whether the troops will face trial by court martial.
"Allegations of illegal activities will always be thoroughly investigated," said Lieutenant Colonel Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman. "The unit involved has been pulled off line to complete the inquiry and retraining."
US commanders have been especially sensitive to alleged mistreatment of detainees since the abuse of inmates at Abu Ghraib prison triggered a major scandal involving America's handling of prisoners both here and in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
US and Iraqi forces have stepped up operations since May 28 against insurgents in the Baghdad area and have reported a sharp reduction in suicide car bombings in the capital.
However, a wave of suicide car bombs and explosions rocked wide areas of the capital Friday, targeting US and Iraqi security forces far into the night. At least 33 people, including the suicide bombers, were killed and at least 111 people, including seven American soldiers, were wounded.
One of the suicide bombings occurred after sundown on a bridge over the Tigris River near the home of President Jalal Talabani. Four security guards were killed and nine people were wounded in that attack. Talabani was at home at the time, aides said, but the target may have been a US convoy.
India has moved additional troops along its northern border as it prepares for an extended conflict with China, after several rounds of talks failed to ease tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. China has already placed about 5,000 soldiers and armored vehicles within its side of the disputed border in the Ladakh region, an Indian government official said, asking not to be identified, citing rules. India is adding a similar number of troops as well as artillery guns along the border to fend off the continuing incursions by the Chinese army, the official said. The standoff began on May 5, when troops clashed
CLOSELY TRACKED: A US officer said that the warplanes were watched as they flew from Russia by way of Iran and Syria to Libya and were photographed multiple times The US Africa Command flatly rejected Russian claims that Moscow did not deploy fighter jets to Libya, saying on Friday that the 14 aircraft flown in reflect Russia’s long-term goal to establish a foothold in the region that could threaten NATO allies. US Brigadier General Gregory Hadfield, deputy director of intelligence, said that the US tracked the MiG-29s and Su-24 fighter bombers flown in by Russian military, passing through Iran and Syria before landing at Libya’s al-Jufra air base. The base is the main forward airfield for Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar and his self-styled Libyan National Army, which has been waging an
Singapore’s otters, long adored by the city-state’s nature lovers, are popping up in unexpected places during the COVID-19 lockdown, but their antics have angered some and even sparked calls for a cull. With the streets empty, the creatures have been spotted hanging out by a shopping center, scampering through the lobby of a hospital and even feasting on pricey fish stolen from a pond. While many think of tiny Singapore as a densely populated concrete jungle, it is also relatively green for a busy Asian city, and has patches of rainforest, fairly clean waterways and abundant wildlife. There are estimated to be about
Indonesian officials are forcing people who break social distancing rules to recite Koran verses, stay in “haunted” houses and submit to public shaming on social media as the country battles to contain surging novel coronavirus infections. The Southeast Asian archipelago began deploying about 340,000 troops across two dozen cities to oversee enforcement of measures aimed at halting transmission of the disease, such as wearing masks in public. However, provincial leaders are buttressing these efforts with their own zealous campaigns to fight the coronavirus. Police in western Bengkulu Province have assembled a 40-person squad to find lockdown scofflaws and force them to wear