Number of Incidents in Iraq Up, Officials Say
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2003 - With new attacks in Iraq today, four
soldiers have been killed in enemy attacks and two others have
died there of other causes since Oct. 22, U.S.
Central Command officials said. Four other soldiers were wounded.
This brings the number of U.S. service members killed in Iraq
since March 19 to 219. A total of 1,620 have been wounded.
Coalition officials in Baghdad said the number of incidents in
the country is averaging 25 to 26 per day, with 35 as the highest
single-day total. Incidents are defined as attacks, attempted attacks
or thwarted attacks against coalition forces. This is up from the
summer months, officials said.
The northern and southern parts of the country remain fairly
calm, officials said. About 80 percent of the attacks are happening
in the so-called "Baathist Triangle" of Tikrit, Baghdad and Ar
Officials said part of the reason incidents were up is because
of increased coalition pressure on Baathist holdouts, foreign terrorists
and criminal elements in the country.
In the most serious incident, two 4th
Infantry Division soldiers were killed and four were wounded
in a mortar attack in Samarra today. Officials in Baghdad said
the incident is under investigation, but that the tactics are
"They fire long-range weapons, because they cannot hope to win
a firefight," said a Combined
Joint Task Force 7 official. The official said that more than
half of the attacks against coalition and Iraqi forces are done
with mortars, improvised
explosive devices, mines, rocket-propelled grenades or missiles.
In Mosul, a soldier from the 101st Airborne Division was
killed in a firefight in the western part of the city today.
On Oct. 23, a 4th Infantry Division soldier was killed and two
were wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated under
their vehicle south of Baqubah. Two 1st
Armored Division soldiers died in two separate noncombat incidents
All names are being withheld, pending notification of next of