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The Tally Ho

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Happy New Year, Iraq

Suicide Car Bombers Kills 18 Iraqi Soldiers - The Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- A suicide attacker detonated a car bomb north of Baghdad on Sunday, killing 19 Iraqis -- all but one of them National Guardsmen -- in another strike against Iraqis cooperating with American forces, the U.S. military said. Four Iraqi policemen were killed in a separate attack further north.

The car bomb blast near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, also wounded six guardsmen, U.S. military spokesman Maj. Neal E. O'Brien said. The bomb detonated as their bus passed close to a U.S. base.

An Iraqi civilian -- the bus driver -- was among the 19 killed while the other casualties were members of Iraq's 203rd National Guard Battalion. The driver of the car that exploded also died.

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