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Bombings in Iraq Kill 12, Including 3 U.S. Soldiers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2004 – A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers who were part of a convoy between Tikrit and Kirkuk in Iraq today, and a suicide bomber struck an Iraqi police station in Mosul, killing nine people and injuring at least 45 others.

No Americans are believed to have been hurt in the Mosul bombing. The soldiers killed in the roadside bomb attack were members of the Army's 4th Infantry Division. Their names are being withheld until their families are notified.

The attacks underscore the situation described by Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt in a Jan. 30 news conference in Baghdad. Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7, said attacks in Iraq reflect the continued danger posed by remnants of Saddam Hussein's regime and by foreign terrorists operating in the country, including members of al Qaeda and Ansar al-Islam.

"Any time we see a vehicle-borne bomb, any time you have a car bombing, that gives us an indicator that that's probably somebody from abroad or somebody who has had some training from abroad. That kind of extremism we don't typically see here in country," Kimmitt said.

He added that in many operations, coalition soldiers have found al Qaeda literature, al Qaeda Internet products and other materials indicating the presence of the terror organization's influence on events in Iraq. The general also cited the recent capture of Hasan Ghul, a key al Qaeda member, as proof the organization is operating in the country.

Though foreign terrorists and Iraqis who are attacking the coalition and Iraqi citizens use different methods, Kimmitt said, they get the same attention from coalition forces.

"They have different tactics, techniques and procedures," he said, "but as we garner all of our intelligence, in all of our intelligence for operations, we just don't necessarily differentiate them in different groups. We see them as threats to the coalition. We see them as threats to the Iraqi people. As soon as we gain intelligence, we use that for actionable intelligence and conduct operations to kill or capture."


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Combined Joint Task Force 7
Transcript of Coalition News Conference in Baghdad, Jan. 30, 2004

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