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Iraq: Car Bomb Attack (II) Against U.S. Military Post in Mosul - December 29th, 2004

 

Background

 

“[…] Insurgents tried to ram a truck with a ton of explosives into a U.S. military post in the northern city of Mosul on Thursday then ambushed reinforcements in a huge gunbattle in which 25 fighters and one American soldier were killed. Warplanes fired missiles and strafed gunmen during the fight. The assault on the outpost, which U.S. soldiers finally repulsed, appeared to be better coordinated than past attacks, with guerrillas apparently pulling out their strongest assaults in an effort to derail Jan. 30 elections, U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Paul Hastings said. […]

 

“Wednesday’ clashes began when a truck approached the base and American troops opened fire. The truck, laden with 1,000 pounds of explosives, blew up just outside, Hastings said. […]”

 

Excerpt of an Associated Press article from December 30th, 2004.

A car bomb explodes in Mosul

 

The Video

 

 

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War Scenes from Mosul

Rumsfeld visits U.S. troops

U.S. troops search a car

After an IED attack

Video & Photo Credits

 

The video

The video, documenting the planning and execution of the attack against the U.S. military post in Mosul, was distributed by the Iraqi insurgent group “Al-Tawhid”.

 

War Scenes from Mosul

1) Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld shakes hands with a soldier from the Army's 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division at Mosul, Iraq. Rumsfeld is in Iraq to meet with troops and thank them for their service and their sacrifice during this holiday season. - December 24th, 2004 - Master Sgt. James M. Bowman, U.S. Air Force;

2) U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry soldiers search cars around an auto repair shop in Mosul, Iraq, in an area plagued by car bombs and other insurgent attacks. The Mosul area has emerged as a major flashpoint between U.S. and Iraqi forces and the insurgents, raising fears that the upcoming election cannot be held in much of the city, Iraq's third largest. - January 16th, 2005 - Associated Press/Jim MacMillan;

3) U.S. Army 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment soldiers gather around the crater left by a roadside bomb attack on a U.S. Army convoy in Mosul, Iraq. Several other bombs were also located, but there were no casualties. - February 17th, 2005 - Associated Press/Jim MacMillan;

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