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U.S. Soldier Killed, 1 Hurt in Rebel Raid West of Baghdad

American troops battled Iraqi guerrillas today in a six-hour firefight, leaving one soldier dead and another wounded, a United States military spokesman and witnesses said. The fight began after guerrillas attacked an American convoy with a roadside bomb at about 9:10 a.m. in Habbaniya, a town 40 miles west of Baghdad, the spokesman, Lt. Col. George Krivo, said. The guerrillas then fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at the convoy, he said. The American unit counterattacked, pursuing the Iraqis with helicopters and armored vehicles and surrounding them in several houses, Colonel Krivo said. The fight continued at least through midafternoon, far longer than most battles between American soldiers and Iraqi guerrillas. Full Story

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