Iraq’s Killing Fields: More US/British Soldiers Dead
An Iraqi holds a British soldier’s helmet after a road side bomb hit a British patrol in Basra, Iraq.
Iraq continues to remain a killer zone for foreign troops stationed there. Not much is known how successful the American army’s ‘surge’ is, or it’s cost in terms of civilian life and property. But the latest reports and pictures are indeed disturbing.
“A U.S. Army helicopter went down south of Baghdad Thursday, injuring four of the nine soldiers aboard, while five U.S. troops died in separate attacks in Baghdad,” says a news report.
“Also, in the deadliest blow to Britain since November, four British soldiers and a Kuwaiti interpreter were killed in an ambush in southern Iraq, the British military said.
“The four deaths came as Britain celebrated the return home of 15 sailors and marines who had been held for 13 days by Iran in an incident that raised tensions between London and Tehran, as well as throughout the Middle East.
“An Iraqi army official said earlier that a Black Hawk helicopter had gone down after it came under fire at about 7:30 a.m. near the Sunni insurgent stronghold of Latifiyah, 20 miles south of Baghdad.
“It was the ninth U.S. helicopter to go down in Iraq this year, raising concern among the military that insurgents are using more sophisticated weapons or have figured out how to use the old arms in new and effective ways.”