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Iraqis not surprised by mutilation of U-S bodies
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Mosul, Iraq-AP -- Few Iraqis in Mosul say they're shocked to hear that the bodies of two U-S soldiers were mutilated after they were ambushed Sunday.

After the soldiers were shot, witnesses say a teenage mob dragged the bodies from a car, threw them to the ground, and pummeled them with concrete blocks. It was a scene reminiscent of savagery against U-S troops in Somalia a decade ago.

A truck driver says simply that the Americans "are occupiers, and this is their punishment."

And a gas station attendant says he'd have no choice but to seek revenge if an American came to his house and took him away in front of his children.

Mosul has been relatively calm, but attacks against Americans and cooperating Iraqis have been increasing in recent weeks.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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