The New York Times
By SAM DAGHER
Two American soldiers were killed and six others were wounded by an Iraqi soldier in an attack in the northern city of Mosul on Wednesday, according to the United States military, Iraqi security officials and witnesses. The shooter was immediately killed by other American soldiers, they added.
In Baghdad, at least 11 Iraqis were killed and 60 others were wounded in a new spate of attacks, witnesses and police officials said. The violence erupted just two days after attacks that killed 28 Iraqis in the capital, in the bloodiest day since June.
While the deaths of the American soldiers were confirmed by the United States military, the circumstances remained in dispute.
Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, commander of American troops in northern Iraq, said it began when two platoons of American soldiers stopped at a combat outpost staffed by Iraqi soldiers. Two American lieutenants went inside to an office to speak with an Iraqi captain while soldiers from both sides waited outside.
Suddenly, General Hertling said, an Iraqi soldier with an AK-47 that was equipped with a 70-round drum walked up to the group of soldiers, said something to an Iraqi soldier and then shot one American soldier in the head and another in the stomach. He then began spraying bullets in all directions, the general said, at which point the Americans shot him dead. One American soldier died on the spot, and the other later died from his wounds.
General Hertling said the episode remained under investigation by both sides. He declined to say what the Iraqi assailant had said before he began shooting.
The head of police operations in Mosul, Brig. Gen. Abdul-Karim al-Jubouri, said the episode was set off by a quarrel between an American and an Iraqi soldier. This was confirmed by a senior official in the Ministry of Defense and an officer in the Nineveh Operations Command, which oversees all Iraqi forces operating in Mosul and is advised by the American military.
An Iraqi Army officer and two soldiers who witnessed the attack provided a detailed account on the condition of anonymity, for fear of retribution from their commanders.
They said an American military patrol stopped on Wednesday afternoon to inspect a post staffed by Iraqi soldiers in the predominantly Sunni Arab neighborhood of Zanjili, a notoriously violent part of Mosul.
A heated argument ensued between one of the American soldiers and an Iraqi soldier identified as Barzan Mohammed Abdullah, prompting the American to curse at the Iraqi, spit in his face and slap him, the Iraqis said. The Iraqi soldier then opened fire on the Americans, they said, and other American soldiers responded with a barrage of gunfire at the Iraqi.
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