Middle East & Africa
The Iraqi Scene
Mosul Battles Leave Eight Iraqis Dead
By Yasser AbuMoailek
Mid East Correspondent
Gaza City, Sept. 4, 2004 — Eight Iraqis were killed and more than 40 others were wounded when heavy fighting erupted between US forces and insurgents in the northern Iraqi city Mosul, hospital officials and eyewitnesses said. An American military spokesman said a US military helicopter was forced to an emergency landing near the village of Tal Al Affar, near Mosul. Two of the copter's crew were wounded. The spokesman did not mention, however, the reason behind the helicopter's landing, but it is believed the raging clashes between US-led forces and insurgents in Mosul lead to it. US combat helicopters were seen hovering over the city, as crackle of gunfire and sounds of explosions shook buildings. The residents of Tal Al Affar, 242 miles north of Baghdad, said they could hear the sounds from their village. Doctors inside the city said eight bodies has arrived at the hospital, while a flood of injuries continued to pour into the hospital, mainly of women and children. "We expect the casualties to increase by the end of the day," a doctor said.
|Members of the Iraqi forces stand guard near the scene of the clashes in the city of Mosul.|
Eyewitnesses said the clashes started when a force of Iraqi police, backed by US troops, tried to conduct a search through several houses in the city. Immediately after the clashes ensued, the Iraqi police closed the down the area and isolated it from the rest of the city. In Baghdad, several mortar shells fell on a US checkpoint inside the Green Zone of the Iraqi capital, which houses offices for the interim Iraqi government as well as the US Embassy, a military spokeswoman said Saturday. The mortars landed near the entrance to the Green Zone's convention center, where members of Iraq's 100-member transitional assembly, known as the Iraqi Council, gathered for a meeting. The rounds also exploded near the American-occupied Al-Rashid Hotel, not far from the Green Zone, the spokeswoman said.
|An insurgent carries a rocket-propelled grenade in the streets of Mosul.|
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Yasser AbuMoailek, who is Certified Professional Translator between Arabic and English, serves as Middle East correspondent for The Seoul Times. He also work as a journalist and feature writer at the International Press Center in Gaza Strip. As a journalist he monitors the situation in the Middle East, especially the Palestinian territories.