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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

US military denies troops killed Iraqi general

US military denies troops killed Iraqi general

The US military has denied that US troops shot and killed an Iraqi general at a checkpoint on Tuesday night in Iraq's western al-Anbar province.

"It is categorically untrue," said Lieutenant Colonel Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman.
In Baghdad, the US military said in a statement that no coalition checkpoints in the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's area of responsibility, under which al-Anbar province falls, "reported any engagement of any kind during this time frame".

Captain Amin al-Hitti, an Iraqi police officer, told AFP that Brigadier General Ismail Swayed al-Obeid was shot dead by US forces on the the road after curfew.

"The US forces opened fire at 8:00pm (local time) on Brigadier General Ismail Swayed al-Obeid, who had left his base in Baghdadi to head home," Captain al-Hitti said.

"They spotted him on the road after the curfew, which goes into effect at 6:00pm," the officer said in Baghdadi, 185 kilometres west of the capital.


Yesterday: Iraqi general shot dead by US troops at checkpoint west of Ramadi

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