Saturday, January 29, 2005
Insurgents hit the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad with a rocket Saturday, killing two Americans. Militants also set off explosions that killed eight Iraqis and a U.S. soldier and blasted polling places across the country Saturday as Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's government urged Iraqis to overcome their fear of violence and vote in landmark elections. The strike in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone was a sign of desperation from insurgents to hit at the heart of power in Iraq even as the U.S. and Iraqi militaries took some of their strictest security measures ever for the election, imposing a strict lockdown in the capital and large parts of the country. The rocket hit the embassy's compound after nightfall, near the building itself, an embassy official said. A civilian and a Navy Sailor, both assigned to the embassy, died and four Americans were injured.