View Full Version : Iraqi soldier kills 2 American troops

01-05-2008, 01:13 PM
Must suck to hafta be watching over your shoulder like that while simultaneously fighting what's in front of you.


BAGHDAD - An Iraqi soldier allegedly shot dead two American troops while they were patrolling together north of the capital, the U.S. military and an Iraqi official said Saturday. The Iraqi official said the suspect has links to militant groups.

Three other U.S. soldiers and a civilian interpreter were wounded in the Dec. 26 attack, the military said in a statement. The shooting occurred as American and Iraqi soldiers were trying to establish a combat outpost in Ninevah province in northern Iraq.

According to Brig. Mutaa Habib Jassim al-Khazrachi, commander of the Iraqi army's 2nd Division, an initial investigation has indicated that the Iraqi soldier has links to local militant groups.

Al-Khazrachi said the shooting occurred in eastern Mosul as American and Iraqi troops were in a firefight with gunmen.

The Iraqi soldier who allegedly opened fire fled but was identified by other Iraqi army personnel and captured, the military said. Two Iraqi soldiers are being held in connection with the shooting, the statement said.

The U.S. military identified the two Americans killed as Capt. Rowdy Inman and Sgt. Benjamin Portell, both assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

Portell, 27, was from Bakersfield, Calif., and Inman, 38, was from Panorama Village, Texas. Both were stationed at Fort Hood in Texas.

01-05-2008, 01:20 PM
Would you prefer we just kill them all and let Allah sort them out?

01-05-2008, 01:22 PM
Nope, where you getting that from a comment of sucks for them.

Gadget (fmr Marine)
01-05-2008, 01:23 PM
This is tragic, yet I am encouraged that it has not happened more often, since we are supposed to be doing so horribly "over there."

Hmmmm.....yeah, it sucks, for sure. I am glad it is an isolated incident, though.

01-05-2008, 05:15 PM
Nope, where you getting that from a comment of sucks for them.