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Iraq Pressure on Bush Mounts as U.S. Soldier Killed

A grenade attack killed a U.S. soldier in Iraq Wednesday, bringing the total combat deaths to 147, equaling the total in the 1991 Gulf War. The latest death heaped pressure on U.S President Bush, facing mounting criticism for the cost of the war and accusations the United States exaggerated intelligence on Iraq’s weapons to justify the conflict. Nearly four hours after the first attack, a U.S. military Humvee car was hit by a blast in Baghdad which inflicted casualties among U.S. soldiers, witnesses said. “We heard an explosion and we ducked down in our trucks. The soldier who was killed was blown out of his truck. He is laying out there on the highway,” a soldier, who declined to be identified, said of the first attack. He was in a military convoy driving along the highway near Abu Ghraib, 16 miles west of Baghdad, when there was an explosion. A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said the convoy was ambushed with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire. Full Story

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