- The Washington Times - Monday, April 28, 2003

BAGHDAD A military team of medical and public health experts was ambushed here yesterday morning on the way to a meeting at the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
Four reservists and one locally hired Arabic interpreter were wounded in the attack. At least one of them was critically injured.
The names were not released last night, pending notification of family members. The location of the attack could not be confirmed.
The soldiers had halted in traffic in central Baghdad in two Humvee all-terrain vehicles when they were shot at, U.S. Central Command said in a statement issued in Qatar. The medical team returned fire, to military officials said.
Security on the streets of Baghdad has been increasingly unstable in recent days, as pockets of resistance continue to threaten clearly marked military convoys. Coalition officers have been advising soldiers to scan crowds and pedestrians for spotters on satellite phones, and to check hands for weapons and feet for combat boots.
"It's the hands that will kill you," one colonel said. "But a lot of these [troublemakers] in civilian clothing still wear the boots."
At least one member of the group ambushed yesterday had been fired upon in the past week, despite clear markings on his vehicle, officials said.
The most seriously wounded soldier was shot in the neck, and the bullet punctured a lung. Others were shot in the shoulders, arms and legs.
The five were evacuated by helicopter to the 3rd Forward Support Medical Company in southwest Baghdad. Four of the wounded were subsequently evacuated to a combat surgical hospital.
"They are all in good condition, and one may go home tomorrow," said a military source.
"We had one interpreter, a nice guy, a doctor who joined us because he wanted to help his people and get the system back up," said a liaison officer with the 3rd Infantry Division, which has control over Baghdad.
Coalition forces captured the Iraqi capital more than two weeks ago, but the city remains awash in weapons of all varieties. AK-47 assault rifles are commonly sold for as little as $50, and grenades and other ammunition are widely available.
Soldiers have been uncovering weapons caches all over Baghdad. Soldiers say they were most likely stored for use in widespread urban warfare.

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