Three US soldiers killed in Iraq

02 October 2003
Three US military personnel were killed in Iraq on 1 October in separate attacks on US soldiers. A member of the 4th Infantry Division was killed when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the convoy in which he was travelling near the town of Samarra, in the so-called 'Sunni Triangle' northwest of Baghdad. In a similar incident in Tikrit, a female soldier was killed and a number of her colleagues were injured when a roadside bomb exploded near their convoy. The attack took place near a US army base (MEED 1:10:03).

Hours earlier another soldier was killed in the Al-Mansour district of Baghdad when an Iraqi approached him and shot him with a handgun at close range. The incident followed demonstrations and riots by unemployed men in the capital. The deaths highlight the ongoing security problems that coalition forces face in the country. US officials have called up an additional 15,000 reservists for Iraq, although the administration hopes that international assistance will be provided if a US-drafted resolution, submitted to the UN Security Council on 2 October, is passed by the UN Security Council.

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