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U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq Attack

The United States lost its 32nd soldier in postwar combat in Iraq Monday, underscoring the hardships a U.S.-backed Governing Council faced in quashing Iraqi resentment as it began work choosing a leader. A group that said it was an Iraqi branch of the al Qaeda network claimed responsibility for attacks on U.S. soldiers in an audio tape broadcast Sunday but its rhetoric was more reminiscent of former president Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party than Osama bin Laden’s group. The U.S. military is braced for a surge in attacks this week to coincide with anniversaries linked to Saddam, his Baath Party and Iraqi nationalism. In the latest incident, assailants targeted a convoy of military vehicles in the central al-Mansour area of Baghdad at around six a.m., a military spokesman said. Full Story

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