US shells Iraqi soldiers

Two Iraqi civilians have been killed and six wounded when US forces shelled a residential area in the western city of Falluja, a hospital official said.

    Dozens of civilians have been killed and injured in US attacks

    Two Iraqi security troops were also killed.

     

    US forces fired heavy artillery at some houses in the south-eastern neighbourhood of Shuhada, leaving two dead and six wounded, said Dr Raid Muhammad of Falluja General Hospital.

    Four of the wounded were listed in serious condition, Muhammad added.

    Later, a second official, Dr Nabil Khuri, identified the two Iraqi soldiers and said the area hit was an Iraqi army camp bordering a residential neighbourhood.

    The US military had no immediate confirmation of the attack.

    Falluja is said to be at the centre of Sunni Muslim resistance to the US invasion and US-led forces in Iraq.

    Related incidents

    A US air strike in a residential area of the city killed 20 people on Wednesday.

    The US military has been using heavy artillery and aerial assaults on alleged resistance positions in Falluja since the city became a no-go zone for US troops after an April offensive ended with an agreement for Iraqis to police the area themselves.

     

    In an interview with Aljazeera, General Lance Smith, Deputy Commander of the US central command centre, said US forces only attacked a house which was under surveillance for a while.

    "The situation in Fallujah, and other cities, is under (US appointed) Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's control and whatever the (US appointed) interim Iraqi government decides, we would support but they have to decide if the situation warrants political or military solutions", Gen Smith added.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    The priceless racism of the Duke of Edinburgh

    Prince Philip has done the world an extraordinary service by exposing the racist hypocrisy of "Western civilisation".