US soldiers on 18 December killed at least three militants and arrested another 11 suspected insurgents in Iraq. A US military spokesman said the three men were killed as they attempted to mount a drive-by shooting in the northern city of Mosul. A fourth man was injured. The arrests came during raids in the predominantly 'Sunni Triangle'. The raids are part of ongoing operations to rid the area of pro-Saddam elements.
In a separate incident, a US soldier was killed in Baghdad - the first US fatality since the capture of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein. The soldier died when the convoy in which he was travelling was ambushed in the Al-Karradah district of the city. The latest death brings to 199 the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq since US President Bush called an end to major combat in Iraq on 1 May.