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Task Force Soldiers Respond to Khanaqin Bombings

American Forces Press Service

TIKRIT, Iraq, Nov. 18, 2005 – More than 150 Iraqi civilians were reported killed or wounded in terrorist attacks that destroyed two Shiite mosques in Khanaqin during prayer services today, military officials here said.

Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 32nd Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, were assisting Iraqi security forces in response to the twin bombings.

Iraqi authorities conducted medical evacuation of bombing victims. U.S. forces sent medical specialists and supplies to assist the Iraqis.

Media reports said terrorists entered the mosque and detonated explosive belts. Khanaqin is near the Iran border in Diyala province.

Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal teams searched the area for more explosives. U.S. soldiers assisted the local Iraqi forces by providing a security cordon around the area to allow emergency teams to work in safety.

(Based on a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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