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Soldier, Iraq Police Chief Die in Attacks

A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi police chief were killed in separate guerrilla-style attacks Monday in Baghdad and the dangerous “Sunni Triangle.” The 1st Armored Division soldier died of his wounds in a military field hospital after a predawn rocket-propelled attack on his patrol in central Baghdad, the second U.S. casualty in as many days. He was the 156th to die in Iraq since U.S. President George W. Bush declared an end to major combat on May 1. In heavy fighting before that date, 138 soldiers were killed. In al-Khaldiya, three men, their faces covered with red and white Arab headdresses shot and killed Col. Khedeir Mekhalef Ali, police chief in al-Khaldiya, on the outskirts of the volatile western city of Fallujah as he was driving home. His driver and bodyguard were wounded in the attack, police said. Ali, a former Iraqi army officer, had been police chief for two months. Full Story

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