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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Article: Warring factions see common enemy in U.S. troops

Once quiet area of Mussayid, Iraq, heats up as insurgents flee ‘surge’ in Baghdad
By Teri Weaver, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Tuesday, June 12, 2007

MUSSAYID, Iraq — Word went out among soldiers patrolling this small city just east of the Euphrates River they had lost the one soldier they thought they’d never lose.

Sgt. Bruce E. Horner, 43, was the one who always said hello, who always made time for fellowship, the one — along with his wife, Erin — who hosted cookouts for his unit, the 127th Military Police Company out of Baumholder, Germany.

Horner was a victim of an upsurge of violence in Mussayid, a small Shiite city that lies at a crossroads of sectarian violence, militia soldiers and coalition forces south of Baghdad. He was shot by small-arms fire while on a mission to find three Fort Drum-based soldiers who went missing in early May after an early-morning ambush south of Baghdad.

The military police unit works alongside the 1st Battalion, 501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, and when the regiment first arrived in the area last fall, the mood was quiet...

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