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Two US Troops Killed as Iraqi Opens Fire at Base

Wednesday, 08 September 2010 07:08 AM EDT

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. service members were killed and nine others were wounded when a Kurdish Iraqi soldier sprayed them with gunfire at an Iraqi army commando base north of Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, Iraqi and U.S. military officials told The Washington Post.

The two Americans, whose names were being withheld until relatives are notified, were the first U.S. troops to be killed in Iraq since the Obama administration declared combat operations there officially over last week. The incident underscored the dangers facing the nearly 50,000 U.S. troops still in the country.

Details were murky Tuesday afternoon while the U.S. military investigated the incident. U.S. troops had escorted their commander to an afternoon meeting at an Iraqi army base in Tuz Khurmatu, 55 miles south of Kirkuk. During the meeting, a man in an Iraqi army uniform opened fire, the U.S. military said, adding that the assailant was shot dead at the scene.

It was unclear Tuesday whether the young shooter, whom Iraqi security officials identified as Soran Rahman Taleh Wali, a Kurdish member of one of the Iraqi army's special forces units, had planned the attack or acted spontaneously. His commander, Staff Col. Ghaleb al-Bayati, said Wali was playing volleyball with U.S. troops at the base when an argument escalated and Wali fired his weapon repeatedly, Bayati said.

Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com

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US Iraq Troops Killed
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 07:08 AM
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