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U.S. Military Kills 19 Militants In Baghdad

9 May 2004 -- The U.S. military said that 19 insurgents were killed in four separate clashes with U.S.-led coalition forces in Baghdad today.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt also said said six civilians and three Iraqi police were killed in the fighting. Another nine civilians and eight police were wounded.

Kimmitt also said that a U.S. soldier will face a court martial on 19 May for abusing Iraqi detainess at a Baghdad prison. The proceedings will be open to the public.

"Relating to Abu Ghurayb, on [5 May] charges were referred against Specialist Jeremy Sivits to a special court martial empowered to judge a bad-conduct discharge. The three charges against Specialist Sivits are: conspiracy to maltreat subordinates and detainees; dereliction of duty for negligently failing to protect detainees from abuse, cruelty and maltreatment; and maltreatment of detainees," Kimmit said.

Earlier in the capital, a bomb ripped through a crowded marketplace, killing seven people and wounding many others.

Also today, militia fighters loyal to Shi'a cleric Muqtada al-Sadr clashed with British forces in the southeastern city of Amarah.

In Basra, south of Amarah, three coalition soldiers were wounded in an explosion near their convoy.

(compiled from wire reports)

Copyright (c) 2004. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org



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