First Published: 2004-10-01

US soldier killed in Samarra raid

US military claims it killed 109 insurgents in massive US-Iraqi onslaught on insurgent city of Samarra.


Middle East Online

Onslaught continues

BAGHDAD - A US soldier was killed Friday during a massive US-Iraqi onslaught on the insurgent city of Samarra, north of Baghdad, the US military said.

A First Infantry Division soldier was killed at around 1:00 pm (1000 GMT) "as Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces secured areas throughout Samarra," said a statement.

On Thursday night, thousands of US and Iraqi government troops launched a massive operation against insurgents in Samarra, in the first major pre-election push to reclaim the country's troublespots.

The statement also said four soldiers were wounded in the fighting.

The US military claims it killed 109 insurgents in its raid, while local medical sources have reported 90 deaths.

Based on Pentagon figures, the latest deaths bring to 1,048 the number of US troops killed in Iraq since last year's invasion.


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