Iraq: Five US troops, 15 Kurdish Shiite men killed
The U.S. command said Saturday five more American troops were killed. One died Saturday from a roadside bomb south of Baghdad. Four died Friday - one in the western province of Anbar, one by small arms fire south of the capital and two by a roadside bomb and small arms fire in northwestern Baghdad, the military said.
Meanwhile, gunmen wearing Iraqi army uniforms entered a village west of Baghdad early Saturday, and opened fire on the men, killing 15 of them, an Iraqi general and a Kurdish political party said.
According to the AP, The victims were Kurdish Shiites. The gunmen entered the village of Hamid Shifi, some 60 miles west of Baghdad early Saturday and forced families from their homes, said Brig. Gen. Nazim Sherif.
Also on Saturday, the office of parliament speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani confirmed that Sunni official's brother, Mohammed al-Mashhadani, was abducted two days before in western Baghdad. A Sunni political party Web site said only that Mohammed al-Mashhadani was grabbed by unknown gunmen near a Sunni mosque in the capital's Jamaa district.
Elsewhere, Shiite militiamen from the Mahdi Army traded gunfire Saturday with Iraqi soldiers in southwestern Baghdad's Baiyaa district, killing one of the soldiers, police said.
In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, 80 miles north of Baghdad, police received the bodies of seven men killed in clashes the night before in Samarra.