RAMADI, Iraq - The deputy commander of the Iraqi army in western Al-Anbar province was shot dead by US troops at a checkpoint Tuesday night, a police officer said.
The US forces opened fire at 8:00 pm (1700 GMT) on Brigadier General Ismail Swayed al-Obeid, who had left his base in Baghdadi to head home," police Captain Amin al-Hitti said.
"They spotted him on the road after the curfew, which goes into effect at 6 pm," the officer said in Baghdadi, 185 kilometres (142 miles) west of the capital.
No immediate reaction was available from the US military.
When I was in the service, this was considered a no-no.
The Italians are headed for home. This follows on the heels of the attempted assasination of an Italian journalist, fired on by US troops at a Baghdad checkpoint. Of course, they didn't say it outright, and our govm't is claiming that this is just in the normal course of events, but what with a low opinion of the war by Italians anyway, the timing seems a bit suspect.