14 Marines Dead
And make no mistake (as Bush Sr. always used to say)--they died in vain.
The American command here provided few details of the attack, but said the marines had been riding in an amphibious troop carrier "during combat operations" on the southern end of the city when it struck the bomb. Even though they operate in the desert, the marines often use large amphibious vehicles to conduct patrols and transport men and material. The vehicles are lightly armored.