U.S. Convoy in Mosul Ambushed by Insurgents
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2004 A multinational force convoy traveling through a Mosul neighborhood was ambushed today by insurgents who destroyed one vehicle with a car bomb and then peppered the convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, officials reported.
The attack occurred at a traffic circle in the Yarmouk section of the city. Three civilians in a vehicle following the convoy were killed when the bomb detonated and destroyed their vehicle.
After the explosion, the insurgents hit the convoy with RPG rounds and small- arms fire. Four multinational force soldiers were wounded during the attack and were taken to a military hospital in Mosul for treatment. They are expected to be released and return to duty within the next 24 hours. Mosul is located about 200 miles northwest of Baghdad.
And news reports say four Iraqis were killed today when a car bomb went off in the city of Ramadi, located about 70 miles west of Baghdad. Reports also say another car bomb had exploded in another part of Ramadi today and that that incident has touched off renewed fighting in and around the city between U.S. and insurgent forces.
An improvised explosive device detonated near another U.S. convoy traveling near Baghdad on Oct. 4. One 13th Corps Support Command soldier died and two were wounded in that attack. The injured soldiers were taken to the 31st Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad for treatment.
Two U.S. soldiers manning a traffic checkpoint in the Baghdad area were shot and killed by insurgent small-arms fire Oct. 3.
U.S. troops had discovered another roadside bomb Oct. 4 while on patrol southeast of Mosul. Iraqi engineers secured the device without incident.
Iraqi police in the city of Tal Afar found another bomb Oct. 4. A U.S. military team secured the device without incident.
Meanwhile, the interim Iraqi government plans to beef up the country's border security with the construction or renovation of 300 outposts. Iraqi officials say they intend to establish border outposts where they'd do the most good.
Funding is now available for about 200 outposts, with more money planned for another 100 facilities. Forty-one Iraqi border security outposts are already in operation, officials say, with 75 outposts now under construction and 151 outposts contracted for construction.
U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus, who heads Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, noted last month that Iraqi border security forces would double in size over the next year from 16,000 members today to 32,000.
(Compiled from press releases.)