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6 Americans killed in Iraq car bombing
At least three were women, worst single-day toll for servicewomen
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Updated: 11:32 a.m. ET June 24, 2005BAGHDAD, Iraq - A suicide car bomber slammed into a 7-ton U.S. military vehicle in Fallujah, killing five Marines and a Navy sailor, Marine Corps sources told NBC News, adding that at least three of the dead were female Marines and that 13 others were wounded.

A review of casualty records indicates the attack is the single deadliest toll for female servicemembers in Iraq. Since the war started, 44 servicewomen have died in attacks or in accidents while in Iraq.

The vehicle, which had 19 people on board, was ferrying members of a U.S. military civil affairs team headed to perform checkpoint searches of female Iraqi civilians when it was attacked Thursday night, the sources said.

The official Marine Corps statement said at least two Marines were killed, and indicated that four more had died as well.

"Three Marines and a sailor believed to be in the vehicle are currently listed as Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown pending a positive identification" of the bodies, the statement said.

The team was assigned to the II Marine Expeditionary Force, which is based at Camp LeJeune, N.C.

No further information was immediately available.

Fallujah, a city 40 miles west of Baghdad, was the scene of a large-scale campaign in November by U.S. troops to rout militants.

Bush, Iraqi leader meet in D.C.
The attack, underscoring the durability of the insurgency in Iraq, came as President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari meet at the White House.

Their agenda included discussions on work being done to train Iraqi security forces — a precursor to bringing U.S. troops home — as well as efforts to draft a constitution and rebuild a nation still wracked by a violent insurgency more than two years after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime.

On Thursday, American and Iraqi troops battled al-Qaida-linked insurgents holed up in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood Thursday, killing at least five militants apparently waiting to carry out suicide bomb attacks.

Word also emerged that a senior al-Qaida leader was killed in a U.S. airstrike near Syria's border. And in a devastating escalation in insurgent attacks in the capital, a string of car bombings carried over into Thursday morning with four more blasts that killed at least 15 people and wounded 28.

Al-Jaafari made a stop at the White House on Thursday to review strategy with Vice President Dick Cheney and Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley. He went to the archives, met with congressional leaders on Capitol Hill and visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center to express gratitude to U.S. troops wounded in his country.

The White House meeting is being held against the backdrop of growing concern among Americans about an engagement that has claimed the lives of more than 1,700 American troops.

Foreign policy had typically given Bush his highest scores with the public, but that has changed. An Associated Press-Ipsos poll this month found just 41 percent of adults supported his handling of the Iraq war, a new low.

There have been 479 car bombs in Iraq since the handover of sovereignty on June 28, 2004, according to an AP count. At least 2,174 people have been killed and 5,520 have been wounded.

'More foreign fighters'
Continued bloodshed underscores comments from the top American commander in the Persian Gulf, who told lawmakers on Thursday that the Iraqi insurgency has not grown weaker over the past six months.

“I believe there are more foreign fighters coming into Iraq than there were six months ago,� Gen. John Abizaid said during a contentious Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. “There’s a lot of work to be done against the insurgency.�

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the same panel in Washington that Iraq’s own security forces have “a way to go� before they are ready to take over the job from U.S. forces, adding that he opposes congressional calls for a timetable for withdrawing American troops.

Foreign fighters, mostly from Iraq’s Arab neighbors, are thought to be responsible for many of the car bombings that have killed thousands of Iraqis over the past 18 months.

Iraq’s shared border with Syria is named as the main point of infiltration. On Thursday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice pressed Syria again to follow through on a pledge to secure its border with Iraq.

But in Damascus, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa said Syria will ask Baghdad to provide evidence of militants infiltrating across their shared border. He also said a Syrian delegation will soon go to Baghdad to discuss restoring diplomatic ties, severed in 1982.

NBC News' Scott Foster and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A war of insanity, waged by crazy people
as soon as we unearth the WMDs and the information showing clear links between the ousted Iraqi regime and Al-Quaeda are declassified (can't do right now for reasons of national security).

Although, you'll probably deny and insinuate that some "crazy people" under GOP orders planted the WMDs we've been on the verge of finding for years now! Typical!

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This topic was discussed in the "other forum" where most of us came from.

The only sh!t this administration is afraid to uncover is the fact that Americans have been the backer of Saddam's madness since the mid 80's.

So spin all you want.

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