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.