Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 December, 2004, 13:39 GMT
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Blast at US base in northern Iraq
An explosion has hit a US military base in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul causing "multiple casualties", the US military says.
The incident happened at 1200 (0900 GMT), the military said in a statement.
"The cause of the explosion is under investigation," the statement said. A spokesman gave no further details.
Mosul has experienced a surge in violence since the middle of November when insurgents overran police stations, looting weapons.
So far there have been 22 killed and 50 injured when a rocket hit a dining facility during the lunch meal. Casualty figures may go higher. It was a multi national base so the nationalities have not been released and there were civilian contractors at the base. My prayers are with those involved in this incident.
Eighteen months after "mission accomplished" and large numbers of troops are eating in communal tents. As this tragedy demonstrates this is a recipe for mass casualties - whether from rockets, mortars or IEDs, none of which are a new threat in this theatre - and someone should be shafted for this state of affairs. Perhaps this is a symptom of Rumsfeld's "you go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you want" state of affairs.