Monday, August 13, 2007
(The Times) - In southern Baghdad, five US troops were killed in an attack blamed on al-Qaeda. A sniper shot and killed a US soldier, then lured his comrades to a booby-trapped house where four more were killed and four wounded. The U.S. military said the soldiers were part of Task Force Marne, which has deployed in areas south of Baghdad to stop the flow of weapons, explosives and Shi'ite and Sunni Arab militants into the capital. General Rick Lynch, who commands districts to the south of the Iraqi capital, said the use of rigged houses was a new tactic. Another US soldier was killed by small arms fire in a separate attack. Nuri al-Maliki, the Iraqi Prime Minister, said yesterday that a peace summit to try to end the political deadlock could begin in the next two days.