Monday, July 07, 2003

Two American soldiers were killed in separate attacks on their convoys in the Iraqi capital, the military said Monday, and a third U.S. soldier was fatally shot while waiting to buy a soft drink at Baghdad University...

The first soldier died in a firefight late Sunday after two armed assailants opened fire on his convoy, said Sgt. Patrick Compton, a spokesman for the military. The soldiers responded with fire, killing one of the attackers and wounding the other. The wounded suspect was taken into custody.

In the second convoy attack in Baghdad, insurgents threw a homemade bomb at a U.S. vehicle early Monday morning, killing a soldier. Both of the dead American soldiers were from the Army's 1st Armored Division, the Germany-based division which is charged with occupying Baghdad. They were in different convoys...

In the third attack, an assailant shot and killed a U.S. soldier waiting to buy a soft drink at Baghdad University at midday Sunday, firing once from close range. The style was coldly similar to the killing of a young British freelance cameraman, who was shot in the head outside a Baghdad museum on Saturday.

The history of warfare in someways can be regarded as a series of measures and counter-measures. Measures are designed to produce a certain result, and counter measures are designed to defeat the measure in the first place.

It is a part of adapting equipment and tactics to achieve more favorable results for your side.

In the case of our soldiers in Iraq it seems that the Iraqis have learned that small arms will not defeat our body armor...and thus their tactics have changed to close-up attacks to the unprotected area between the top of the body armor vest and the bottom of the kevlar helmet.

It would be interesting to learn what counter-counter-measure we will take to defeat this.

Read the entire story here.

UPDATE: More details on the attacks can be found here.

The first death occurred about 12:35 p.m. on Sunday when a U.S. soldier, a civil affairs officer, who was accompanying U.S. officials visiting Baghdad University was fatally shot by an unidentified gunman, U.S. officials said. (CORRECTION: According to this story he was identified as 22 year old Jeffrey Wershow with the Florida National Guard.)

And more on this young soldier here.

The next death occurred at 9:30 Sunday night when a soldier from the 1st Armored Division was killed while chasing two Iraqi gunmen. One of the Iraqi gunmen was killed and one was wounded, said a military spokesman, Spc. Lorente Giovanni.

The third soldier was killed at 1:00 a.m. today while he was on patrol in a Baghdad neighborhood when an explosive device struck his vehicle, Giovanni said.

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