Monday, December 01, 2003

U.S. Forces Kill 54 Iraqis After Ambushes
2 South Koreans, Colombian, Killed In Separate Attacks
By Alan Sipress
Washington Post Foreign Service
Monday, December 1, 2003; 10:52 AM

BAGHDAD, Dec. 1 -- U.S. forces killed at least 54 Iraqis in fierce fighting Sunday while repulsing a series of ambushes against two U.S. military convoys in the central Iraqi city of Samarra, military officials said early Monday.

After putting down the attacks with tank and cannon fire, U.S. troops discovered that many of the dead and wounded Iraqis were wearing uniforms of Saddam's Fedayeen, a militia loyal to former president Saddam Hussein, according to Master Sgt. Robert Cargie, a spokesman for the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division.

The fighting erupted around 1 p.m. Sunday after more than 100 insurgents ambushed the separate U.S. supply convoys, military officials said. The convoys were carrying Iraqi currency into the city as part of a program to replace old bills bearing Hussein's picture with new money.

I think it's time we brought back the body counts. All we ever hear about are American dead. I'd like to know the kill ratios to put down liberal spin.

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