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Iraqi troops in the spotlight as Baghdad bombers kill 12

Five killed in vicious attack north of Baghdad: police
Samarra, Iraq (AFP) Sept 6, 2010 - Five Iraqi businessmen who were involved in building a police station and a youth centre north of Baghdad were killed in a gun and knife attack overnight, police and medical officials said on Monday. The murders occurred in the al-Shouhada neighbourhood of Samarra, 110 kilometres (68 miles) north of the capital, a lieutenant colonel, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. Two other men were wounded, he said. "They killed them with guns and knives," the officer said. "The men were from another area and were working in Samarra to build a youth centre and a police department in the city." Doctor Khalid al-Bazi at Samarra city hospital said five bodies had been received and that three of the victims been shot to death and the other two shot and stabbed.

Iraq govt wants Aziz to die in prison: son
Amman (AFP) Sept 6, 2010 - The Iraqi government wants jailed former deputy prime minister Tareq Aziz to die in prison and has shown no compassion for his declining health, his Amman-based son said on Monday. The warders of 74-year-old Aziz at Kadhmiyah jail in northern Baghdad want the ex-top official who cut an urbane and articulate figure in Saddam Hussein's regime "to die in prison," said his embittered son, Ziad. Ziad Aziz insisted that "there are no indications the government plans to release my father." "They want him to die in prison. If they were really concerned about his health, they would have provided him with proper health care and sent him to hospital," he told AFP.

Meanwhile, Badie Aref, a lawyer also based in Jordan of the former deputy premier and foreign minister, said Baghdad was considering an early release on compassionate grounds due to his ailing health. One of Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki's office directors had "called today to inform me that the government is thinking about releasing Aziz because of his bad health," said Aref. "The official said the Iraqi government could meet to pardon Aziz with permission from President Jalal Talabani," the lawyer said. Aref said the Baghdad government "realises that Aziz has become too old to be involved in politics, and it does not want him to die in prison ... They sympathise with him and understand his situation."

But in Baghdad, a senior aide to Maliki denied any such plans. "We are not considering releasing Tareq Aziz, and this is not one of Maliki's powers. This is totally untrue," he said, declining to be named. Earlier this month, Ziad Aziz said his father could no longer walk after a serious deterioration in his health, adding that he also had gum infection and could not use his teeth. Aziz already suffers from diabetes, heart problems and high blood pressure. His family has repeatedly appealed for his release, particularly after a heart attack in late 2007. One of Saddam's few surviving top cohorts, Aziz, a Christian and aficionado of Cuban cigars before the change of regime, turned himself in to US forces in April 2003, days the fall of Baghdad. In 2009, he was jailed for 15 years for the 1992 execution of 42 Baghdad wholesalers and separately given a seven-year term for his role in expelling Kurds from Iraq's north. He pleaded not guilty on all counts.
by Staff Writers
Baghdad (AFP) Sept 6, 2010
Iraqi security forces were under the spotlight Monday after a coordinated suicide attack on an army complex killed 12 people, with US troops among those who fired back in a bid to repel the operation.

American involvement in the response to Sunday's attack was the first reported such engagement for US forces in Baghdad since they declared an official end to combat operations in Iraq five days ago.

The morning attack targeted Rusafa military command headquarters, which only three weeks ago was hit by a massive suicide bombing that killed dozens of young men preparing to sign up.

Accounts varied between witnesses and US and Iraqi security forces, but the capital's security command said five suicide bombers had approached the compound in a minibus.

One was fired upon as he got out of the vehicle and his suicide vest detonated, Baghdad operations command said in a statement.

Two others fled to a nearby building, while the remaining two drove the vehicle towards soldiers, setting off their payload before they could be stopped.

Lieutenant Colonel Eric Bloom said a team of US military advisers is stationed at the complex, and when the attack came its security team provided "suppressive fire" against a building where the two insurgents were hiding.

"The team was there, and there was a small security element with them, and they did provide suppressive fire," Bloom told AFP.

"They provided suppressive fire while the Iraqi army got into position to go in (to the building). There was some return fire -- the insurgents were firing down into the compound.

"It went on for mere minutes, it was over very quickly."

He added that the insurgents detonated their suicide vests before Iraqi soldiers could capture them.

Under the terms of a bilateral security pact, American soldiers are allowed to return fire in self-defence, and take part in operations if requested by their Iraqi counterparts.

Baghdad operations command, which is also based at the complex that was attacked, put the toll at 12 dead and 36 wounded. It was unclear how many of the victims were soldiers.

Bloom could not say how many US soldiers were involved in the incident, but said none was wounded. He added that the US military had provided bomb disposal support as well as surveillance with drones and Apache helicopters.

"I was waiting with three of my colleagues near an armoured car (when the attack occurred)," a policeman told AFP on condition of anonymity from Baghdad's Medical City hospital, slumped against the wall of the emergency room with bandages covering gunshot wounds to both of his legs.

"I was shot in two places, and I tried to hide behind the car. When I looked for my colleagues again, they were not there -- all I saw was blood and the vests that they had set aside."

The policeman, visibly shaken, added that the vehicle that exploded was a red car that passed through a preliminary search before exploding at a second checkpoint.

The largest blast sent plumes of smoke into the skies over the capital, with nervous soldiers frisking any civilians who crossed Bab al-Muatham bridge, which connects the west side of Baghdad to Rusafa in the east.

The explosion caused extensive damage to nearby buildings and Dr Adil Saloom, director of the hospital's emergency department, said 20 patients had been treated.

The Rusafa headquarters, responsible for security on the eastern side of Baghdad, was being used as an army recruitment centre on August 17 when a suicide bomber detonated his payload, killing 59 people.

Sunday's explosion was the biggest to hit Baghdad since the recruitment centre attack, and it came four days after US forces officially transformed their role in Iraq from a combat mission to "advise and assist" operations, with fewer than 50,000 US troops now stationed here.

Vice President Joe Biden launched the new mission on Wednesday, saying that violence in Iraq was now at its lowest level since the war, but that same day official statistics said 426 people died in unrest last month, underscoring insurgents' continuing ability to kill.

The apparent spike in violence -- July was Iraq's deadliest month in more than two years -- comes amid a political impasse in which no new government has been formed since a general election in March.

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