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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Artillery Attacks on Church, Hospital: "

From the AFP via the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) :

â?¦a mortar round was fired into a car park between a hotel and St Georgeâ??s Anglican church, witnesses said.

â??There were no injuries,â?? said Tassin Ali, a security guard who had been sitting at the front gate to the hotel.

The mortar round struck directly opposite the church but it was unclear whether it had been the target, an AFP reporter said.

About five cars were damaged in the blast.
One medic was killed and nine others wounded when a mortar round exploded outside a hospital in Baghdad, just after an artillery shell struck near a church down the road, officials said.

â??The mortar landed in the garden of the hospital,â?? said Hashim Mohammed, a security officer at the Ibn el-Bitar hospital.

The hospital deputy said one person was killed and nine wounded, all of them staff.


In Command Post: Irak

Mosul Car Bomb kills US Soldier: "

From the AFP via The Australian :

A US soldier has died of wounds sustained in a car bomb attack yesterday in the northern city of Mosul, the military said today.

â??One soldier assigned to Task Force Olympia died of wounds following a car bomb attack on a Multinational Forces convoy on October 15.

The attack occurred in the east central area of Mosul at approximately 1.20pm (local time),â?? a statement said.


In Command Post: Irak

5 Churches Bombed in Iraq: "

From The Australian :

A string of bombs exploded at five churches across Baghdad today though no casualties have been reported, the Iraqi Interior Ministry said.

The explosions rang out in quick succession over an hour and half starting at 4am local time (11am AEST) at St Joseph Church in the Nafaq Al-Shurta area, said ministry spokesman Colonel Adnan Abdul-Rahman.

The other churches hit were St Jacobâ??s Church and St Georgeâ??s Church in the Doura neighbourhood, the Church of Rome in the Karrada neighbourhood and St Thomas Church in the Mansour area.

Colonel Abdul-Rahman said the churches all had some exterior damage, with windows blown out.

â??It is a criminal act to make Iraq unstable and to create religious difficulties,â?? Rev Zaya Yousef of St Georgeâ??s Church said.

â??But this will not happen because we all live together like brothers in this country through sadness and happiness.â??


In Command Post: Irak

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Military probing whether unit in Iraq refused dangerous mission in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

5th NewsMinute (TOPS) in Katu.com: Iraq & Terror

Explosions in Baghdad Kill One, Wound Five: "Two blasts, one near a hospital and theother near a hotel, killed one person and wounded five inBaghdad on Saturday, witnesses and hospital officials said. (Reuters)"

In Yahoo! News: War with Iraq

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