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February 1, 2007

Breaking: 2 Iraqi Generals Suspected Of Involvement Of Kidnapping And Murder Of U.S. Soldiers At Karbala (Updated)

Breaking now on Fox News: Two Iraqi generals are suspected of involvement in the kidnapping and murder of 4 U.S. soldiers at Karbala. In the incident, gunmen speaking English, wearing U.S. military uniforms and carrying American weapons abducted five U.S. soldiers at the provincial headquarters in the Shiite holy city of Karbala and then shot them to death.

Update now available at Fox News website:

Military officials also said the level of sophistication of the attack -- where militants posed as U.S. soldiers to pass a number of security checkpoints -- suggested possible Iranian involvement.

The assault was carried out by nine to 12 militants wearing new U.S. military fatigues and traveling in black GMC Suburban vehicles -- the type used by U.S. government convoys. U.S. officials said the imposters had American weapons and spoke English.

The raid, as explained by Iraqi and American officials, began after nightfall at about 6 p.m. on Jan. 20, while American military officers were meeting with their Iraqi counterparts on the main floor of the Provisional Joint Coordination Center (PJCC) in Karbala.

The bodies of four of the five U.S. soldiers killed in the attack were found later miles away from the compound suggesting they may have briefly been kidnapped before the died.

The Pentagon said the investigation into the attack is ongoing and several Iraqis have been detained for questioning.

Because high-level generals were possibly involved, the Pentagon said, it raises questions about the loyalty and trustworthiness of Iraqi military officers at the highest levels.

More to come as available ...

Posted by Richard at February 1, 2007 11:50 AM

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