Wednesday, May 04, 2005

U.S. Soldier clings to an Iraqi child who died in the dual blast attack



Terrorist attack kills two Iraqi children, injures 15 (TFF Press Release)

MOSUL, IRAQ (May 3, 2005) – After further investigation it was determined that two Iraqi children were killed and another 15 Iraqi citizens were injured when a combined suicide car bomb and improvised explosive device attack detonated in a western Mosul neighborhood Monday. Initial reports had indicated only one child was killed in the attack.


This attack comes one day after another car bomb loaded into a stolen hospital ambulance was driven into a tent where a funeral service was being held, killing as many as 25 Iraqis in Tal Afar Sunday evening, and just two days after a child was killed in an improvised explosive device attack. This is the fifth terrorist attack in three days against innocent Iraqi citizens. The attacks have killed 31 and injured at least 53.

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Update : Michelle Malkin points out the author/blooger that took this photo along with his account.

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Mosul

Major Mark Bieger found this little girl after the car bomb that attacked our guys while kids were crowding around. The soldiers here have been angry and sad for two days. They are angry because the terrorists could just as easily have waited a block or two and attacked the patrol away from the kids. Instead, the suicide bomber drove his car and hit the Stryker when about twenty children were jumping up and down and waving at the soldiers. Major Bieger, I had seen him help rescue some of our guys a week earlier during another big attack, took some of our soldiers and rushed this little girl to our hospital. He wanted her to have American surgeons and not to go to the Iraqi hospital. She didn't make it. I snapped this picture when Major Bieger ran to take her away. He kept stopping to talk with her and hug her.

The soldiers went back to that neighborhood the next day to ask what they could do. The people were very warming and welcomed us into their homes, and many kids were actually running up to say hello and to ask soldiers to shake hands.

Eventually, some insurgents must have realized we were back and started shooting at us. The American soldiers and Iraqi police started engaging the enemy and there was a running gun battle. I saw at least one IP who was shot, but he looked okay and actually smiled at me despite the big bullet hole in his leg. I smiled back.

One thing seems certain; the people in that neighborhood share our feelings about the terrorists. We are going to go back there, and if any terrorists come out, the soldiers hope to find them. Everybody is still very angry that the insurgents attacked us when the kids were around. Their day will come.


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Michael Moore must be so proud of his "Minutemen".

The Iraqis who have risen up against the occupation are not "insurgents" or "terrorists" or "The Enemy." They are the REVOLUTION, the Minutemen, and their numbers will grow -- and they will win. ~~ Michael Moore - April 14th, 2004