Mosul Police Attack US Soldiers, Killing One

Interpreter Also Killed, Three Others Wounded

The details of a 2 PM incident at a police station in the Iraqi city of Mosul remained elusive for several hours, with quotes from media outlets putting the number of soldiers killed at four (citing an unnamed official from the Iraqi Interior Ministry), while the US military initially claimed to have no information beyond the death of an Iraqi interpreter.

The reports finally seem to have stabilized, however: two policemen at the station opened fire on US troops and their interpreter, killing the interpreter and wounding four US soldiers, one of whom later died of his wounds. A police captain was also wounded. The military says the incident is still under investigation.

Incredibly, the two policemen responsible for the shooting managed to flee the scene by car, and have yet to be located. Today’s incident underscores once again that Mosul remains an extremely dangerous place.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.