A Look at U.S. Allies Fighting in Iraq

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Tuesday April 6, 2004 6:01 PM


By The Associated Press

Fighting spread throughout Iraq again on Tuesday, most of it inspired by followers of the fiery anti-American cleric, Muqtada al-Sadr. He was branded an outlaw by the Americans and is under a murder warrant for participating in the killing of a rival cleric nearly a year ago. Here is a breakdown of the fighting.

BRITISH

British troops killed 15 Iraqis and injured eight others in a series of clashes in the mostly Shiite Muslim cities of Basra and Amarah over the last 48 hours, British officials said.


UKRAINIANS

One Ukrainian soldier was killed and five were wounded Tuesday when their patrol was attacked by a rifle propelled grenade in the mostly Shiite city of Kut.

ITALIANS

Gunmen early Tuesday fired on Italian soldiers near Euphrates river bridges in Nasiriyah, a mostly Shiite city. A coalition spokeswoman in Nasiriyah, Paola Della Casa, said 15 Iraqis were killed and 35 were wounded. Twelve Italians were slightly wounded, she said. The Italian Defense Ministry said the coalition headquarters building in Nasiriyah also came under attack. Also Tuesday, a Bulgarian civilian truck driver was killed when gunmen ambushed a truck convoy near Nasiriyah, Bulgarian radio reported.

POLISH

Gunmen firing automatic weapons and grenades ambushed a joint Polish-Bulgarian-U.S. patrol Tuesday afternoon near the Shiite holy city of Karbala. Two Poles and three Bulgarians were wounded, according to the Polish military. None of the wounds was believed life-threatening.

SPANISH

Isolated skirmishes occurred overnight Tuesday near Spanish and Latin American garrisons near Diwaniyah and Najaf, both largely Shiite communities, but there were no casualties, according to the Spanish defense ministry. A shootout between Iraqis and Spanish-led coalition troops killed one Salvadoran soldier and 22 Iraqis on Sunday.
 

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