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U.S. Jets Destroy Bridges To Stop Insurgents In Iraq

6 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military said Marine jets today destroyed two bridges across the Euphrates River near the Syrian border to prevent insurgents from using them to move foreign fighters and munitions toward Baghdad and other major cities.

A U.S. Marine statement said jets dropped bombs on two light bridges near Karabilah, about 300 kilometers west of Baghdad. Karabilah is one of a cluster of towns near the Syrian border, a major infiltration route for foreign fighters heading for Baghdad and other major cities.

Elswehere, four Iraqi soldiers were killed and five were injured today when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Khalidiya, west of Baghdad.

In the northern city of Mosul, insurgents killed two Kurdish fighters, while Iraqi forces detained 13 suspected insurgents in raids on several Mosul districts.


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