Five Iraqis killed in clashes with Spanish troops
26 April 2004, MADRID - Five Iraqi rebels were killed Monday and seven more arrested after heavy fighting with Spanish troops in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said.
26 April 2004
MADRID - Five Iraqi rebels were killed Monday and seven more arrested after heavy fighting with Spanish troops in Iraq, the Ministry of Defence said.
A patrol from the Plus Ultra brigade, which is made up of troops from a number of countries but led by Spain, came under fire east of the city of Diwaniya.
No Spanish troops have been injured, military sources said.
Iraqis opened fire with rockets and heavy rifle fire.
The same Plus Ultra patrol came under attack Sunday.
Two Iraqis were killed when they attempted to ambush Spanish forces.
The 1,300-strong Spanish contingent in Iraq has already started preparing to withdraw from the country.
Prime minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero announced the withdrawal of the Spanish troops, which was an electoral promise.
Initially, the Socialist leader said the troops would stay until 30 June when the UN was supposed to take over the mandate.
But Zapatero decided to pull out the troops after he claimed it became clear the UN would not be able to take over control of the country.
The move led to anger from the Bush administration.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news