Wolfowtiz’s comments came after a day of attacks against coalition troops in the country. Mortar rounds were fired at a US compound in Baghdad, wounding at least four people inside the heavily guarded area. Another US soldier was killed when a roadside bomb destroyed the vehicle in which he was travelling. The number of UK servicemen killed in the conflict rose to 52 with the announcement from the UK Ministry of Defence that a Royal Marine was killed on 31 October while on operation in northern Iraq.