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, then gunfire on soldiers pinned down 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. Also Monday, U.S. officials signaled that they might reconsider putting a three-mile concrete barrier around a Sunni Arab neighborhood in Baghdad after Iraq’s struggling prime minister came under pressure from Sunnis and ordered the project halted. Plans for the separation barrier to protect the Azamiyah neighborhood were in doubt after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki criticized the idea of creating “gated communities” to separate Baghdad’s sectarian neighborhoods. Speaking during a tour of Sunni-led Arab countries, the Shiite Muslim prime minister said he did not want the 12-foot-high wall planned for Azamiyah to be seen as dividing the capital’s sects. Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority dominated during Saddam Hussein’s reign; its members remain deeply distrustful of Shiite intentions and provide the backbone of the Iraqi insurgency. Shiite militias, in turn, have been attacking Sunni neighborhoods in retaliation for insurgent attacks on their own communities. Azamiyah’s Sunni residents have been the target of frequent mortar attacks by Shiite militants, but hundreds of people in the district took to the streets to protest against the wall that they said would make their neighborhood “a big prison.” The new American ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker, defended the barrier plan Monday, saying it was an effort to protect the Sunni community from surrounding Shiite areas, not to segregate it. Holding his first news conference since taking his post, Crocker said security measures were implemented in coordination with the Iraqi government. “Obviously, we will respect the wishes of the government and the prime minister,” he said, although he did not say construction would halt. Al-Maliki said he would not allow “a separation wall,” but then he said the subject would be discussed and that he would not rule out all barriers, such as barbed wire. Iraq’s chief military spokesman indicated that some type of barrier would go up, saying al-Maliki was responding to exaggerated reports about the wall. “We will continue to construct the security barriers in the Azamiyah neighborhood. This is a technical issue,” Brig. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said at a joint news conference with a U.S. military spokesman, Rear Adm. Mark Fox. “Setting up barriers is one thing and building barriers is another. These are moveable barriers that can be removed.” Al-Moussawi noted that similar walls made of sections of concrete are in place elsewhere in Baghdad, including in other residential neighborhoods. The confusion over the barrier reflected a lack of coordination between al-Maliki’s government and the U.S. military even as they have touted their partnership. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – Nine U.S. soldiers were killed and 20 wounded Monday in a suicide car bombing against a patrol base northeast of the capital in Diyala province, a volatile area that has been the site of fierce fighting, the military said. 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 wounded in the attack on Task Force Lightning in Diyala, 15 soldiers 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. Identities were not released pending notification of relatives.
10,000 Meters 13. Griffin Jaworski, 31:39.95 Story Links Day 1 Results 1,500 Meters (Prelims) 2. Emma Huston, 4:34.61 9. Taylor Scholl, 4:33.44 2016 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship – Day 1 May 13, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Three student-athletes scored and four others qualified for final events on Friday evening during the opening day of the 2016 Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championship.Cassie Aerts (David City, Neb.) was the Bulldogs’ top finisher in a final with a fourth-place showing in the 10,000 meters. Her time of 36:30.28 was just 14 seconds off the winning pace in what was her first 10,000 meters as a Bulldog.The men’s team got points from a pair of field events with David Silkman (Leawood, Kan.) finishing fifth in the javelin with a throw of 192-0, his best toss in two seasons. Michael Dolan (Lincolnshire, Ill.) was seventh in the hammer throw with a mark of 173-5, a personal best.The women’s team advanced a pair to the finals in the 1,500 meters as Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and Taylor Scholl (Prior Lake, Minn.) both moved through the preliminary heats. Huston recorded the second fastest time of the day in 4:34.61 while Scholl was the first competitor to advance on time alone in 4:33.44 in the second heat of the event.In the men’s 1,500 meters, Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) had the second best time of the day in 3:55.62 to advance as well. Demetrius Shelton (Markham, Ill.) clocked a personal best time of 21.21 to finish fifth in the heats of the 200 meters and advance to the final as well.Action resumes at the MVC Championship on Saturday with field events starting at 3 p.m. And action on the track beginning at 5 p.m. Women’s Team Standings (Through 4 events) 1. Wichita State 49 2. Southern Illinois 27 3. Northern Iowa 26 4. Bradley 19 5. Illinois State 10 6. Indiana State 8 6. Loyola (Ill.) 8 8. Drake 5 9. Missouri State 4 Men’s Team Standings (Through 3 events) 1. Wichita State 55 2. Southern Illinois 25 3. Illinois State 12 4. Northern Iowa 11 5. Drake 6 6. Bradley 4 6. Indiana State 4 Print Friendly Version Live Results 1,500 Meters (Prelims) 2. Robert McCann, 3:55.62 13. Ali Jandal, 3:58.72 14. Josh Yeager, 3:58.72 Javelin 5. David Silkman, 192-0 Pole Vault 12. Christina LeMunyon, 11-8 Drake Individual Women’s Results 200 Meters (Prelims) 18. Rai Ahmed-Green, 25.20 Hammer Throw 7. Michael Dolan, 173-5 Drake Individual Men’s Results 200 Meters (Prelims) 5. Demetrius Shelton, 21.21 11. Pierce Vincent, 21.53 20. Aaron Chier, 22.04 2016 MVC Outdoor Track & Field Championship – Day 1 May 13, 2016 Terre Haute, Ind. 10,000 Meters 4. Cassie Aerts, 36:30.28