US soldier dies in attack

13 August 2003
One US soldier has died and two have been injured by a bomb in the town of Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The attack, which took place on 12 August, was on the outskirts of the town, and involved the detonation of three bombs simultaneously near a US convoy. Ramadi lies in the area north and west of the capital, Baghdad, referred to by the coalition as the Sunni Triangle, an area traditionally loyal to Saddam Hussein.

The latest killing brings the number of US soldiers killed since President Bush declared an end to major combat operations on 1 May to 58.

Another assault on US soldiers took place at 2000 local time (1600 GMT) on 12 August near Mosul, northern Iraq. Several US soldiers were injured when rocket-propelled grenades were fired at a US army vehicle. No one was killed.

At present there are about 12 strikes a day against US soldiers, according to coalition sources (MEED 11:8:03).

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