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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:06 PM
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Soldiers Kill Iraqi Couple During Raid at a Home
BAGHDAD American soldiers fatally shot an Iraqi couple in their home near Kirkuk early Saturday after the wife reached for a pistol hidden under a mattress, American and Iraqi officials said. The couples 8-year-old daughter was wounded.

United States troops, using helicopters, raided the familys house in Hawija, a town in northern Iraq, around 2 a.m. in search of members of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, the Iraqi police and witnesses said. Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia is a homegrown militant group that American intelligence officials say is led by foreigners.

In one room, soldiers saw a woman reaching under a mattress, Agence France-Presse reported, quoting an unidentified United States Army spokesman.

The woman was told several times in Arabic to show her hands, but she refused and was shot, the spokesman said. The American military said soldiers found a pistol under the mattress.

After the woman was shot, her husband, Dhia Hussein Ali al-Tikriti, attacked the soldiers and was shot and killed, the spokesman said, adding that Mr. Tikriti had been suspected of belonging to Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia.

The couples 8-year-old daughter, Ahlam Dhia, was shot once in the leg and was taken to a hospital. Her injuries were not life-threatening.


http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/world/middleeast/25ir...
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 04:15 PM
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1. The 8-year-old girl was suspected of wanting to join Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia,
after her parents were murdered.
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tblue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:03 PM
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2. And we wonder why people hate us?
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 09:04 PM
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4. A subtle point lost on most....
:hi:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-24-09 05:05 PM
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3. Occupations brutalize the occupiers as much as the occupied.
We need to get OUT of Iraq. :(
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