10/07/2005

IOL: US forces bomb Iraq's Euphrates bridges

Baghdad - US-led forces have bombed eight bridges on the Euphrates River in western Iraq to stop insurgents using them, US military spokesperson Major General Rick Lynch said Thursday.

"We have been taking out portions of bridges with precision strikes," he told a news conference.

Of 12 bridges between the Syrian border and Ramadi, 110km west Baghdad, "four remain under control of the coalition forces and Iraqi forces after precision strikes on the others," he said...

Lynch also warned that insurgents meant to launch a new wave of attacks in Baghdad ahead of the October 15 referendum on the draft constitution.

"It is predictable that over the nine next days, we will register a significant number of attacks in Baghdad," he said.

He was speaking shortly after at least two suicide bombers and one roadside bomb killed at least 11 people and wounded about 20 in the capital on Thursday. - Sapa-AFP

IOL: US forces bomb Iraq's Euphrates bridges

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