Thursday, March 23, 2006
AP: Iraq insurgent jail attack thwarted - March 23
By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer -- Thursday, 1 minute ago
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Emboldened a day after a successful jailbreak, insurgents laid siege to another prison Wednesday. This time, U.S. troops and a special Iraqi unit thwarted the pre-dawn attack south of Baghdad, overwhelming the gunmen and capturing 50 of them, police said.
An Iraqi policeman guards as a British soldier inspects the site an IED explosion, right, in Basra, southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Wednesday. An IED exploded Wednesday as British soldiers were foot patrolling, killing their translator and wounding two soldiers, police said. (AP Photo/ Nabil Al-Juarni)
Although the jail raid failed, the insurgents' ability to put together such large and well-armed bands of fighters underlined concerns about the ability of Iraqi police and military to take over the fight from U.S. troops. Sixty militants participated in the assault, which attempted to free more jailed Sunni insurgents, police said.
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