First Published: 2003-11-20

One US soldier killed near Ramadi

Roadside bomb blows up as US military convoy passes by near Ramadi killing US soldier, wounding two.


Middle East Online

Bloodshed returns to Iraq

BAGHDAD - One US soldier was killed and two wounded Thursday when a military convoy was hit by a roadside bomb near the western Iraqi town of Ramadi, a US military spokesman said.

An improvised explosive device of the sort favoured by anti-US insurgents blew up as the convoy passed by east of the town between 2:30 and 3:30 pm (1130 GMT and 1230 GMT), the spokesman said.

"There was one killed in action and two wounded."

It was the latest in a rash of attacks to target Ramadi since the local US commander, Major General Charles Swannack, Tuesday hailed a major improvement in security that might allow a US troop pullback by year-end.

A car bomb blast killed two Iraqis and wounded 12 outside the home of a leading tribal sheikh in the town late Wednesday and the US military said it had aborted four other attacks during the day, killing eight assailants, wounding five and arresting another.


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