[QODLink]
Archive
Several Iraqi guardsmen killed

Six members of the Iraqi National Guard were killed on Friday as fighting across Iraq targeted US-led forces.

Last Modified: 07 Jan 2005 17:29 GMT
A total of 1350 US soldiers have been killed in Iraq

Six members of the Iraqi National Guard were killed on Friday as fighting across Iraq targeted US-led forces.

Four guardsmen were killed when their patrol was targeted by an explosive in the Abu Ghraib neighbourhood west of Baghdad, Aljazeera said.

Two guardsmen and a civilian were also killed in battles with armed groups in Samarra north of Baghdad.

Aljazeera said that in the northern city of Mosul, US and Iraqi National Guard forces raided the Saad Bin Maath mosque after Friday prayers. They were searching for the mosque's imam, who was not there at the time.

A US military vehicle, part of a US patrol, was damaged in the Samilat district in Abu Ghraib when an explosive device was detonated by fighters on Friday, Aljazeera said.

Aljazeera also learned that a house used as a base by US troops in the Zaidan district in Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, came under heavy mortar fire. Eyewitnesses said a number of US soldiers were hit in the attack.

Deadly day

Earlier, a US marine was killed in al-Anbar province on Thursday, bringing to nine the number of US troops killed on that day.

"A marine assigned to First Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action Thursday, 6 January, while conducting security and stability operations in the al-Anbar province," a military statement said, adding the incident was under investigation. 

Earlier, another marine was killed in al-Anbar and seven US soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing of a Bradley fighting vehicle in Baghdad. 

The nine soldiers killed made Thursday the deadliest day in 2005 for US forces in Iraq so far.

According to the latest Pentagon casualty figures, the deaths raised to 1350 the number of soldiers killed in Iraq since the US-led invasion in March 2003.

Of those killed, 1064 soldiers died in combat.

Source:
Aljazeera + Agencies
Topics in this article
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.