Bombers blow up while rigging truck
Fourteen insurgents were killed Wednesday in northern Iraq while trying to rig a truck with explosives, police in Tikrit said.It just wasn't their day. The 14 guys rigging the truck bomb sounds like a lot for one truck. I think this is happening because of the attrition of the master bomb builders has left some novices trying to make up the difference. Good riddance.
The explosives detonated in Shirqat, a Sunni town in Salaheddin province. When police arrived, they found people collecting body parts of the insurgents.
The U.S. military said it has determined that two insurgents killed during an operation in northern Iraq were "very significant international terrorists."
The operation took place Saturday in Hawija, near Kirkuk in Tameem province, the military said in a statement Wednesday.
The military described Mehmet Yilmaz, also known as Khalid al-Turki, as "a known terrorist and senior leader in al Qaeda who operated a cell that facilitated the movement of foreign fighters into Iraq for al Qaeda operations."
The other slain insurgent was Mehmet Resit Isik, also known as Khalil al-Turki, the military said. He was described as "a close associate of Yilmaz who was assessed to be a courier for the same al Qaeda cell and a close associate of Yilmaz and senior leaders within al Qaeda."
Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a military spokesman, added, "These are two very dangerous, very significant international terrorists that are no longer part of the al Qaeda network."