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Bragg Regroups After 9 Troops Killed by Car Bomb

Posted April 23, 2007
Updated April 24, 2007

— Nine Fort Bragg paratroopers were killed and an additional 20 were injured Monday in a suicide car bombing against a patrol base in the Diyala province of northeast Iraq, a volatile area that has been the site of fierce fighting, the military said.

The nine 82nd Airborne Division casualties marked the single greatest loss of life for soldiers from Fort Bragg in more than five years of simultaneous deployment, base officials said. It also was the second time this month that the same unit has suffered multiple losses in action.

"We've lost nine brave paratroopers, and nine families are suffering right now," said Maj. Tom Earnhardt, Fort Bragg spokesman. "It's our job to take care of them."

An insurgent group that includes al-Qaida in Iraq claimed responsibility for the bombing, which occurred about 35 miles northeast of Baghdad. The Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group of Sunni militants that includes al-Qaida in Iraq, said in a Web posting Tuesday that it was behind Monday's attack.

The soldiers were members of the division's 5th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, working under the 25th Command in north-central Iraq. The troops have been in Iraq since August.

Base officials met with families Monday night and are making all base resources available.

The names of those killed weren't released as of Tuesday afternoon, but a Benson man is believed to be among the casualties.

Sgt. Clint Moore, 27, of Benson was killed in the attack, according to his uncle, Ricky Moore. Clint Moore was a graduate of South Johnston High School.

On April 7, the Department of Defense said four soldiers from the 5th Squadron of the 73rd Cavalry Regiment were killed in Zaganiyah, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated near their unit. One of those soldiers, Spc. Ebe F. Emolo, 33, was from Greensboro.

Last month, seven Fort Bragg paratroopers were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. The Iraq War has claimed the lives of 119 Fort Bragg troops to date.

Monday was the deadliest day for Fort Bragg personnel since a 1994 training accident crash at Pope Air Force Base killed 23 troops.

"We regroup by doing what comes naturally -- we band together," Earnhardt said. "Typically, paratroopers get stronger as times get tougher.

"This community is a tight-knit community," he said. "Things like this tend to get hard here, especially for those of us who are back here knowing what our brothers are facing forward."

The attack came on a day when insurgents struck across Iraq, carrying out seven other bombings that killed at least 48 people.

Of the 20 soldiers wounded in the attack on Task Force Lightning in Diyala, 15 were treated and returned to duty, while five others were evacuated to a medical facility for further care, the military said. An Iraqi civilian was also wounded.

It was the second bold attack against a U.S. base north of Baghdad in just over two months and was notable for its use of a suicide car bomber.

On Feb. 19, insurgents struck a U.S. combat post in Tarmiyah, about 30 miles north of Baghdad, killing two soldiers and wounding 17 in what the military called a "coordinated attack."

It began with a suicide car bombing. Soldiers were then pinned down by gunfire in a former Iraqi police station where fuel storage tanks were set ablaze by the blast.

Militants have mostly used hit-and-run ambushes, roadside bombs or mortars on U.S. troops and stayed away from direct assaults on fortified military compounds to avoid U.S. firepower.


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  • mamasmurf13 Apr 24, 2007

    GO ALLYCAT! We all love Clint and will miss him very much. Clint was a part of our community. We all grew up together...much like FAMILY. Which brings me to my question.. What's more important here...war or family? I vote, like a certain friend of mine said, to drop our President in the middle of Iraq and let him fight his way out. It's a no-win situation. Yeah, our troops have guns...but guess what? THEY HAVE BOMBS!!! It takes one of them to kill dozens of ours. What's it gonna take for him to let us back out? Who cares if they think we're sissies. Why can't THEIR troops fight for their own country? Why are WE doing all the hard work?? I just think this war is crazy. I support our troops 100%. War is murder. Iraq was fighting LONG before any of us were born. What makes our President think he can fix it? Is he trying to play God and using our people as "crash-test dummies"? Or is it that all our troops are his voodoo dolls? Sick twisted human being he is. FEAR BUSH!

  • grenlyn1 Apr 24, 2007

    Blah, Blah, Blah... All I hear is BS about what the President did right or wrong. Can't you all just be satisfied with giving these families your condolences and leave it at that. This is so insulting to them and it should not be the discussion of this forum. Show some compassion folks. Doesn't anyone have a heart anymore? You all should be ashamed of yourselves.

    I will once again say it...

    "Heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.... Poor is the nation that has no heroes . . . SHAMEFUL is the one that, having them . . . forgets."

    Are you all not reading these words? Take them to heart..they mean something bigger than politics!

  • Pack Rules Apr 24, 2007

    Remember "NAFTA"? Clinton's deal.

  • crunch Apr 24, 2007

    now , I beleve that they were killed doing their job. What Bush wants. A lot of people join the armed forces because they need a job. Thanks to Bush , alot of jobs from over here have gone over sea's. Everyone please tell your congressman to get Bush out.

  • Pack Rules Apr 24, 2007

    Well, because of our troops and our President, we all can say just about anything we want to here on this blog.
    Thanks Presendent Bush and thank you to all the troops!!!!!!!

  • now Apr 24, 2007

    Packhead, golf? They probably headed to get to the bank to cash their government kickbacks. Still have a few in here.

  • ALLYCAT1313 Apr 24, 2007

    You know, the way everyone in here is talking surely doesn't honor our troops the way I had hoped. Like I said earlier, I am DIRECTLY affected by Monday's suicide bombing in Iraq. I also said earlier that I support our troops but think that it's time to bring them home. Just because I don't agree with the war itself doesn't mean that I'm not proud of our troops and I think that everyone needs to get back to the basics and realize that life is precious and we need to honor these fallen soldiers, not bicker back and forth on who's right and who's wrong. What happened Monday isn't a republican / democrat issue. It's a national issue and we all need to pray for these families that have lost their loved ones just as we have over the last 2,500 that lost thier lives.

  • swimfast Apr 24, 2007

    Support the troops not the war. Bring them home to their families as soon as possible. Our President ignores the majority of our country on this issue. My father fought on Iwo Jima in WWII and I have been raised with a love of country. This war is wrong.

  • Pack Rules Apr 24, 2007

    I guess all the "lib-labs" have gone home now so that they can get their daily golf in.

  • newport31259 Apr 24, 2007

    Now, are you gone? LOL.