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Saturday, January 29, 2005

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US Embassy in Baghdad attacked

The US Embassy in Baghdad was attacked with mortars killing two Americans. Shortly after, coalition forces arrested seven "insurgents".
U.S. forces captured seven suspects shortly after the rocket attack on the embassy that killed one civilian Defense Department employee and one naval officer. Of the four injured Americans, two were military, one was a civilian and the fourth was as yet undetermined, a military official said. A State Department spokesman said none of their injuries were life-threatening.

Earlier on Saturday, eight people were killed in a homicide bombing and a roadside explosive killed a U.S. soldier.

The explosion rocked the U.S. Embassy a little past 7 p.m. on Saturday when a rocket landed outside the southern edge of the palace that houses American civilians and military personnel. The embassy is approximately 350 yards from the nearest border of the heavily fortified Green Zone. Concrete barriers and a 10-foot-high fence surround the compound, meaning the attack was probably the result of indirect fire.

U.S. forces were able to trace the trajectory of the rocket, and eventually homed in on two cars driving away from the launch site, officials told FOX News.

An unmanned surveillance aircraft followed the cars to a house in southern Baghdad. U.S. military aircraft and tanks full of soldiers surrounded the house, where seven people were apprehended. Five tested positive for rocket material, but all seven were taken into custody for questioning.
Those surveillance aircraft are coming in handy.