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Baghdad grenade kills US soldier as strife spreads

A US soldier was killed in central Baghdad by a rocket-propelled grenade yesterday, while an Iraqi police chief was shot to death by gunmen west of Baghdad in the latest round of violence to beset US troops and their allies in Iraq. The incidents came as Colin Powell, US secretary of state, visited the Kurdish city of Halabja, site of a 1988 massacre by Saddam Hussein’s forces using chemical weapons, telling residents “the world should have acted sooner” to remove the dictator. Dedicating a memorial to the victims of the attack, estimated at 5,000, he told Kurds: “What I can tell you is that what happened here in 1988 is never going to happen again.” Mr Powell is the second top US official to visit Iraq, following a visit last week by Donald Rumsfeld, defence secretary. Full Story

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