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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

US military denies troops killed Iraqi general

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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.

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



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