Tuesday, October 10, 2006
A story to watch
Mortar causes Baghdad base fire
The US military has said that a huge fire at an army base's ammunitions store in the Iraqi capital was caused by a mortar fired by insurgents.
"Intelligence indicates that civilians aligned with a militia organisation were responsible for last night's mortar attack," Base spokesman Lt Col Jonathan Withington said.
Earlier, an insurgent group had posted a statement on the internet, claiming responsibility for the attack.
The US military spokesman said that all troops and workers on the base had been safely evacuated to bomb shelters to protect them from the blasts.
He said no-one had been injured in the explosions.
Maybe the insurgents got a lucky hit. But I find this story troubling because it could indicate either carelessness on the part of the troops or-- and this is worse-- very good inside intelligence by the insurgents, so that they know when ammunition is being loaded and unloaded.
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