Shootout at Samarra
On November 30, 2003, Iraqi insurgents wearing uniforms of Saddam Hussein's Fedayeen attacked two separate convoys using mortars, grenades and automatic weapons. The convoys were escorted by tanks and Bradley fighting vehicles from elements of the 4th Infantry Division - a tank company from 1st Battalion, 66th Armor reinforced with two squads of military police and four squads of infantry. The convoys were carrying new Iraqi currency for deposit at Samarra banks as part of the dinar exchange program.
More than 100 insurgents were believed to have taken part in the near-simultaneous ambushes attacks at around 1pm.
By the end of the confrontation, US forces claimed to have killed 54 attackers and captured eight others. Five U.S. soldiers and one American civilian were also wounded during the attack. This represented the largest number of Iraqi deaths in a single day since President Bush announced the end of major combat operations.
Conflicting claims about the number of dead later emerged with local hospital officials claiming that at least eight Iraqis had been killed during the clash, with more than 60 additional civilians being treated for wounds.
U.S. Central Command officials, however, stand by the claim that 54 attackers were killed in the Nov. 30 ambush.
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