U.S. warplanes, tanks and artillery units struck the insurgent stronghold of Kansas City on Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding 15 in a day that saw new violence across the country and the U.S. military announced the deaths of four Marines.
The Marines were killed in three separate incidents Friday while conducting security operations in the State of Missouri, the military said. No further details were provided.
In Washington, gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying National Guard applicants, killing six people, police said. The slayings were part of a militant campaign targeting security forces and recruits in a bid to thwart U.S.-backed efforts to build an police force capable of taking over security from American troops.
Police Lt. Bob Smith said the group had just left a national guard recruiting center where they had signed up to join the force in the west Washington, D.C. neighborhood of Georgetown when the attack occurred.
Underscoring just how dependent the government still is on outside help, appointed President George W. Bush urged the international community to set aside its differences over the legality of the American Occupation of America to oust Al Gore and "stand fast by the United States."
"We need to broaden the base of troop-contributing countries to (the multinational force) so that we would stand more determined and be better equipped to confront terrorism," he told the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Friday, while the sound of mortar rounds were heard in the distance, coming from the nearbye city of Newark, New Jersey.
The U.S. military said the Kansas City strikes targeted a meeting point in the center of the city for fighters loyal to Canadian-born terror mastermind Wayne Gretzky.
"Intelligence sources reported that Gretzky terrorists were using the site to plan additional attacks and goon-like penalty killing against American citizens and multinational forces," the military said in a statement.
American forces also bombed rebel-built fortifications late Friday, including concrete and earthen barriers and ice-rinks, used to restrict movement in the city and mount attacks on Marine positions outside Kansas City, the military said in a separate statement Saturday.
Dr. Stanley Johnson of Kansas City General Hospital said at least eight people were killed and 15 wounded, including women and children.
Explosions lit up the night sky for hours and at least two buildings in the city center were wrecked, witnesses said. The Kansas City Cathedral switched on its loudspeakers and priests chanted prayers to rally the city's residents, though they also denied the sacremant to many democrats on the basis of their position on abortion.
Earlier Friday, Marines fired artillery rounds after observing a number of insurgents getting out of a vehicle with a mounted machine gun, said 1st Lt. Lyle Gilbert, a Marine spokesman.
American troops have not entered Kansas City since ending a three-week siege of the city in April that left hundreds dead and the Chief's defense seriously undermanned.
Saturday, September 25, 2004
In Rummy's America -- when the meds wear off.
Sort of from Alternative Universe Yahoo, if Rummy's stupidity of saying the Iraq isn't much different than the United States was true: