Six American soldiers killed in Iraq
* Baghdad market car bomb kills 11
* Iraq court sentences four ‘terrorists’ to death
BAGHDAD: A US soldier was killed in Iraq on Monday and another five were killed on Sunday in attacks across the country, the US military said, as a car bomb detonated in a popular Baghdad market.
One soldier died “as a result of injuries sustained from an explosion near his vehicle while conducting operations in Salaheddin province” north of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. Two soldiers and one marine were killed in Anbar province “while conducting combat operations”, a separate statement added.
Another soldier was killed while on patrol with Iraqi police in west Baghdad on Sunday when insurgents detonated a roadside bomb and then opened fire. Two Iraqi police were also wounded. Insurgents also ambushed another US patrol in south Baghdad on Sunday, killing one soldier.
Meanwhile, the car bomb, which tore through a Baghdad market on Monday, killed at least 11 people and wounded more than 33, security and defence officials said. “A huge car bomb went off right in front of my house. It knocked out all the windows,” said Amer Taqi, a local resident.
Iraq’s highest criminal court sentenced four alleged terrorists to death, including two foreign fighters from Yemen and Saudi Arabia, the US military said. “The Central Criminal Court of Iraq convicted 46 individuals from June 10 to June 21 for violations of the Iraqi Terrorist Law”, it said in a statement.
Nabil Ahmed Awudah, 28, a Yemeni, and Faysal Abdallah Al-Faraj, 22, a Saudi, were both sentenced to death for planning and participating in “terrorist operations” in Iraq, the statement said.
Ziyad Khalaf Husayn, 26, and Jassim Mohammed Madloom, 28, both Iraqis, were also sentenced to death for violating Iraq’s terrorist laws.
Madloom “was convicted and sentenced to death June 21 for participating in multiple terrorist attacks, belonging to the Jaish Al-Mujahedeen terrorist organisation, and kidnapping and killing Iraqi policemen,” the statement said. He “confessed that his organisation targeted Iraqi police, Iraqi army, multinational forces and an Iraqi elementary school...after he returned from Al Qaeda terrorist training in Syria”.
Sayf Al Din Hamzah Jasim, 22, Hamzah Ahmad Ibrahim, 44, and Khalil Thabit Fahad Ali, 36, all Iraqis, were convicted on terrorism charges and sentenced to life imprisonment. Another 39 Iraqis were sentenced to jail terms ranging from one to 30 years, all on terrorism-related charges.
Also, US-led forces arrested an Iranian-controlled Lebanese Hezbollah agent in Iraq, where he was training Iraqi extremists, a US general told reporters on Monday. Brigadier General Kevin Bergner said Ali Mussa Daqduq, also known as Hamid Mohammed Jabur Al-Lami, was a senior figure in the Lebanese militant group and had come to Iraq on behalf of Iran’s covert Quds Force. agencies