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Baghdad Car Bombs Kill 20; Two U.S. Marines Killed

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 15, 2005 Three suicide-car-bomb attacks today in Baghdad, Iraq, claimed the lives of 15 Iraqi civilians and five Iraqi soldiers. Six Iraqi soldiers and 17 civilians were wounded.

Iraqi security forces responded and secured the bombsites as the wounded were evacuated to a local hospital.

"The terrorists continue to strike at the most innocent," said Army Col. Joseph DiSalvo, commander of coalition forces in Rusafa. "They are using the destruction of children as a tool for an immoral cause. There are no bounds to their immorality. The Iraqi people show courage every day. They are providing us tips as to where the terrorists are hiding. The terrorists hide like the cowards they truly are," he said.

Elsewhere in Iraq, two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action July 14 when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Trebil.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

In other developments, eight terror suspects were captured during Operation Warrior's Rage, launched by Iraqi army and Task Force Baghdad soldiers in the early morning hours of July 14.

Iraqi forces from 4th Battalion, 1st Iraqi Army Brigade, along with Task Force Baghdad soldiers from 1st Battalion, 156th Armor Regiment, and 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment -- both units of the 256th Brigade Combat Team -- 3rd Infantry Division, conducted raids targeting terrorist safe houses in the Ghazaliyah and Abu Ghraib districts of western Baghdad.

The soldiers found a former-regime general officer's uniform, three safes, two AK-47 assault rifles and a document with a list of names.

"The Iraqi army had the lead in this operation and are taking decisive steps to get these terrorists off the streets and make life better for all Iraqi citizens," said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman.

In other news from Iraq, Iraqi soldiers uncovered a weapons cache in a Mosul fire station July 14, according to a multinational forces report.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Division Iraqi Intervention Force, discovered the cache while conducting a patrol. The soldiers found five mines, 18 artillery rounds, radios and other unidentified explosives.

An explosive ordnance disposal team recovered the explosives from the site for later disposal.

In Baghdad, an Iraqi man pointed out the location of a weapons cache to Iraqi army soldiers July 14. A local contractor working for the Iraqi army tipped off the headquarters of the 1st Brigade, 1st Division Iraqi Intervention Force, to the weapons cache.

The man was cleaning up an area in a suburb of Baghdad when he stumbled onto the cache. Iraqi soldiers searching the site confiscated five rocket-propelled grenades with extra motors, an armored vest, ski masks, hand held radios, bullets and hand grenades.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Task Force Baghdad and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)



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