Five Suicide Bombers Storm Baghdad Army Base, Killing 12
September 5, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—Five-days ago, the official U.S. combat mission came to an end in Iraq, with the remaining 50,000 troops transitioning to an advisory role, named New Dawn. On Sunday, in broad daylight, up to five suicide bombers stormed a Baghdad army base, killing 12 people and wounding 36. And unconfirmed reports suggest U.S. soldiers became actively engaged in the gun battle with the bombers, at the request of the Iraq military.
At least one suicide bomber blew himself up, igniting a mini-van packed with explosives at the main checkpoint to the Rusafa military command headquarters. Another four suicide bombers sprinted towards the base, but two were shot dead. To surviving bombers made it to a building on the base and started firing on Iraqi soldiers.
The assault began when a minibus packed with explosives was driven at the back gate of the base, followed by one or two suicide bombers on foot who blew themselves up when they came under fire.
A final pair of gunmen fought an hour-long battle with troops inside a nearby building, security officials said.
Sunday’s assault took place in broad daylight, just over two weeks after dozens of Iraqi army recruits and soldiers were killed by another suicide bomber at the same compound and a few days after the August 31 end to U.S. combat operations in Iraq.
And BBC News reports U.S. troops were called in to help. The exit deal made with Iraq, specifies that U.S. troops can only become directly engaged in military operations, if requested by the Iraqi military.
An Iraqi officer at the scene told the BBC that two further bombers got into the base, taking refuge inside the building, and attacking security forces with hand grenades.
The same officer said that US forces were called in to help, and exchanged gunfire with the attackers before Iraqi security forces stormed the building, killing the bombers.
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