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GI Killed, 6 Hurt in Separate Iraq Attacks

Attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at two U.S. convoys in separate ambushes Friday, killing one American soldier and wounding six, the U.S. military said. In Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the U.S.-backed police chief narrowly escaped an assassination attempt. Insurgents fired three rocket-propelled grenades at a supply convoy on a main road northeast of Baqouba, 40 miles northeast of Baghdad, said Capt. Jay Miller from the 67th Armor Regiment’s 3rd Battalion. The soldiers were also hit by small arms fire. One of the wounded soldiers would have to have a leg amputated, said Capt. David Nelson from the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade. The death raised the number of American soldiers killed in Iraq to 282. Of those, 67 have died in combat since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat operations in Iraq. Also Friday, another U.S. Army convoy was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade near a mosque in Fallujah, 30 miles west of Baghdad, said Spc. Margo Doers, a spokeswoman at coalition command in Baghdad. She said two were wounded in the attack, according to early reports. Full Story

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