BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Ten Iraqi army soldiers were killed Saturday and five others wounded when their patrol was attacked on a main highway, a U.S. military official told CNN.
An 11th soldier, a major, was kidnapped by the attackers and his body was later found, said a second official, with Diyala's provincial Joint Coordination Center.
This report presents both good and bad news. The good news is it is evidence that the Iraqi forces are trying to stand up and fight. The bad news is that the report also makes it clear that this patrol was defeated and overrun, not just bombed.
When the Iraqi Resistance attacks US troops it is normally in a hit and run operation, or a bomb attack (like Thurdays that killed ten). This attack also involved armed insurgents, who clearly fought and defeated this Iraqi army unit.
But, at least they are trying to 'stand up'.