Strike by U.S. Military Leaves at Least 40 Iraqis Dead

(New York Times) About 40 Iraqis were killed Wednesday by American forces in an attack near the Syrian border. American officials said they had fired on a suspected guerrilla safe house, but Iraqis said the Americans had strafed civilians at a wedding party. American officials said they had called in air support after an American military operation in the area had come under hostile fire. Lt. Col. Ziyad al-Jbouri, the deputy police chief of Ramadi, said that between 42 and 45 people had died, including 15 children and 10 women.

2004-05-20 00:00:00

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