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"Al-Qaeda" gunmen strike in Baghdad, two US soldiers killed

Gunmen claiming links to the al-Qaeda network left calling cards at the scene of a deadly shootout with US troops, as an Iraqi boy was killed in the first clash between US forces and Shiite Muslims in the capital since the war to oust Saddam Hussein. Two US soldiers were also killed in a pair of roadside bombs targeting military convoys north of Baghdad, the US military said. Several business-card-size leaflets were found by AFP and witnesses at the scene of the 7:00 pm (1500 GMT) firefight in downtown Baghdad, bearing the words “Death to the collaborators of America — al-Qaeda.” The cards were thrown out of a car by the fleeing attackers, witness Majid Ahmed Shehab told AFP. One Iraqi man was killed by US troops who fired back, he said. If confirmed this would be the first attack in Baghdad by Osama bin Laden’s network since US-led forces occupied Iraq. Full Story

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