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US nabs 35 in Baghdad hotel attack, using Iraqi informers to trap bombers

US forces arrested 35 people thought linked to a deadly rocket attack on US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz’s hotel, as the US-led coalition turns increasingly to Iraqis to help defeat its opponents. But amid further attempts to smash up the guerrilla-style insurgency, a US soldier was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) attack late Sunday south of Baghdad. “One soldier was killed yesterday at 7:00 pm (1600 GMT)” west of Iskandariya about 40 kilometres (25 miles) south of the capital, a military spokesperson said Monday. The death raised to 148 the number of US soldiers killed in combat in Iraq since May 1, when Washington declared major hostilities over. During the main, six-week offensive before that date, 114 Americans died from hostile fire. Full Story

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