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Friday, August 19, 2005

Three Rockets Fired at 2 U.S. 5th Fleet Navy Ships at Port in Jordan

Three Katyusha missiles were fired early today at two American naval ships docked in southern Jordan (Some Israeli and Jordanian , killing a Jordanian soldier and marking the first attack on American military ships in the region in five years, American and Jordanian officials said. A rocket was fired at the same time from apparently the same area at an airport in a neighboring Israeli port, hitting a stretch of road and wounding a taxi driver, news agencies reported, citing Israeli officials and witnesses. A third projectile was fired at a Jordanian hospital around the southern port of Aqaba but did no damage.

(A Kearsarge Strike Group Ship)

No one claimed immediate responsibility for the simultaneous attacks, which displayed audacity in their use of military-style weapons and techniques. The American ships are part of the US Fifth Fleet, based in Bahrain, and were in Aqaba as part of routine military exercises with Jordanian forces. The attack today on the American vessels, the Ashland and the Kearsarge, took place around 8:44 a.m. and missed two naval ships at dock in Aqaba, said Capt. Ryan Fitzgerald of the United States Air Force, a spokesman for the American military command in the Middle East. Read More ....

Source: The New York Times & Guardian Unlimited
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