Assault on Iraqi army checkpoint


Gunmen have attacked an Iraqi army checkpoint north of Baghdad, killing at least nine soldiers.

At least three people were injured in the half-hour gunbattle that ensued, including a civilian, according to an Iraqi military spokesman.

The attack happened at dawn in the town of Khalis, near Baquba, 65km (40 miles) north-east of the capital.

There has been an upsurge in attacks since the Iraqi government was sworn in May, with security forces often hit.

The raid on the checkpoint began shortly after dawn and lasted more than 30 minutes, with gunmen using assault rifles, mortars and machine guns during the attack.

As reinforcements were sent to the scene a car bomb exploded causing casualties among both soldiers and civilians.
At this stage , there are no reports as to whether the Military casualties are all local forces or include coalition troops.

The only fact is , more people died today , it just seems remorseless.

BBC are stating this is the 7th! attack on this recruiting centre , and people who wish to join , are still having to wait in the open , making them easier targets for suicide bombers.

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