GI shot by men in Iraqi police uniforms dies
One of the four U.S. soldiers shot by a pair of men in Iraqi police uniforms in Mosul has died of his wounds, the U.S. military said late Tuesday.
The soldier, who is not being identified publicly until next of kin have been notified, died at the Combat Support Hospital on the U.S. base in Mosul, officials said.
An Iraqi interpreter was also killed in the shooting, which was the third incident since November in which gunmen wearing Iraqi uniforms have attacked American troops in northern Iraq, where the insurgency has remained stronger than in other areas of the country.
Military officials did not release the conditions of the three other U.S. troops and a second Iraqi interpreter who were wounded in the incident.
According to Iraqi and American reports, the American troops had gone to meet local forces at an Iraqi police station around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. When the Americans arrived at a bridge checkpoint in the city, Iraqis manning the checkpoint opened fire.
There were conflicting reports on whether the gunmen were apprehended. Iraqi officials said the men jumped into a waiting vehicle, then sped from the scene. The officials also said the men’s families had fled their homes earlier in the day, indicating the attack had been planned.
The shooting was the latest in a string of similar incidents involving Iraqi security forces in the Mosul area.
On Nov. 25, a Marine and an U.S. soldier were killed when a man in an Iraqi army uniform opened fire while they were giving out blankets near Baaj, southwest of Mosul near the Syrian border. Two Marines and three Iraqi civilians were wounded in what military officials said seemed to be an unprovoked attack.
Earlier that month, an Iraqi soldier ambushed U.S. soldiers in a courtyard of a military base in a Mosul neighborhood, killing two Americans and wounding six before he died in an ensuing gunbattle.
In December 2007, an Iraqi soldier opened fire on U.S. troops during a joint patrol in Mosul, killing two Americans and wounding three others along with a civilian interpreter. The Iraqi soldier was apprehended.
U.S. forces are in the midst of a monthlong house-to-house drive to clear insurgents from Mosul, which remains one of Iraq’s most violent areas.