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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas US and Iraqi troops repel insurgent attacks in Baghdad August 2005 HERALDZEITUNG Page 9A Iraq and Iraqi troops repelled a series of coordinated attacks including suicide car killing six insurgents and cap turing in southern Bagh the military said In political Sunni Arabs on the commit tee drafting a new constitution rejected Kurdish demands for federalism as long as foreign forces remain in The state ment came on the eve of a meeting to try to overcome dif ferences on the Iraqs most feared terror warned Sunni Arabs that voting in a referendum on the charter tliis fall would be tantamount to rejecting The fighting erupted about 8 Friday when guerrillas opened fire on an Iraqi army the American mili tary attack helicop ters responded with rockets and At nearly the same a suicide attacker drove a truck loaded with explosives into a nearby Iraqi army killing an Iraqi A second suicide driver tried to attack another Iraq position in the but a tank opened fire and the car detonated pre Minutes insurgents at a fourth location fired two rock etpropelled grenades and a mortar round at another Iraqi army post in southern Bagh None of the rounds caused any the statement Over the next two insurgents tried to launch fur ther attacks on the two Iraqi army posts but were driven off by and Iraqi the state ment troops suffered no casu but six insurgents were killed and 12 captured in the In recent officials have said the insurgents had started using socalled swarm tactics coordinating multi ple attacks and firing from sev eral coali tion the com mand said an American sol dier assigned to a unit in the northern city of Mosul was killed in action Thursday dur ing a teiTorist attack At least members of the military have died since the Iraq war began in March according to an Associated Press The Bush administration is hoping that progress on the political front will help curb the insurgency by luring Sunni Arabs away from rebel Key to maintaining the momentum is a new consti which must be approved by parliament by 15 and by voters in a refer endum two months Shiite and Kurdish political leaders planned to meet behind closed doors Sun day to try to overcome differ ences that have deadlocked the work of a 71member com mittee charged with writing die Bombs becoming the biggest killers of US troops in Iraq Iraq AP Bombs like the titanic roadside blast that killed 14 Marines last week are becoming the biggest killers of troops in surpassing rockets and as insurgents wage an unconventional war that has boosted the American death toll beyond This isnt a conflict like the World Wars where waves of enemy ground troops backed by artillery attacked American Gone too are the intense street battles waged last year in cities like Karbala and or in Nasiriyah during the 2003 Americans still die in mortar strikes and like the six Marine snipers killed 1 in a rebel But surprise the road erupts without warning or an explo sivespacked car disintegrates into a fireball have become the hallmarks of the Iraq Since the end of more than 65 percent of mili tary deaths in Iraq have result ed from insurgent compared to nearly 23 percent in conventional combat and 12 percent in accord ing to figures complied by The Associated In recent rebel bombs have been responsible for 70 percent to 80 percent of Amer ican soldiers killed or command spokesman Steven Boylan said this Of the 54 American troops who died in Iraq in 42 were killed either by roadside car bombs or in one case a land So far this 29 soldiers and ABOUT FACE mi YOURCONI Aesthetic Skincare Center around We change the FACE of Come in for a Cosmetic Skin Rejuvenation Tattoo Reversal Spider Vein Therapy Treatment of Pigmented Lesions Unwanted Hair Removal Massage Therapy Chemical Peels Botox Face Wrinkles Microdermabrasion Women Facial Hair Removed Men Hair In Your Ears Removed Free Consultation with No AFTER HOURS CLINIC We 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attacker who can disappear into a crowd of Thats the insurgent this pervasive You cant fight against an unseen said RAND counterinsurgency expert Bruce Iraq has turned into a strug gle that pits Americans con ventional arms against gritty rebel As Americans have added the insurgent which the military refers to as Improvised Explosive Devices or lEDs have got ten Guerrillas have learned in more than two years of fighting how to make their bombs invisible and far more while taking fewer casualties In the early days of the occu American soldiers would find rudimentary bombs hidden in trash buried along the side of roads and hidden in drink cans and even roadkill The military picked up on these techniques and began cleaning chopping down trees and clearing The insurgents responded by burying bombs under gravel One bomb design fea tures a steel plate underneath that directs the blast up into a passing Another fires a solid steel penetrator that can pierce the armor on a Bradley Fighting officers and analysts In lEDs destroyed a Bradley Fighting Vehicle and an Abrams tank two of the most heavily armored vehicles in the In some the detona tions have been so huge that American vehicles are ripped apart as thoroughly as a sui cide bombers On a gargantuan blast from a bomb hidden by rebels who tunneled under a road outside Haditha engulfed a 25ton troop throwing it 30 feet and killing 14 Marines and their civilian That bomb was invisible to passing Some whod heard about the investigation said there werent even any Bombs the biggest threat to troops Bombs not bullets or mortars have become the biggest killers of troops in Iraq in recent as the death toll surpassed Cause of death Bomb Accident Combat 70 percent 60 MJSDMJSDMJS 2003 2004 2005 Breakdown of total deaths Bomb Combat Accident NOTE Accident deaths include vehicle crashes and illnesses not directly attributed to Some combat deaths include aircraft crashes in nonhostile marks on the road to offer clues that 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