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Attackers in Iraq Kill 1 US Soldier, Wound 4 Others


One U.S. soldier is dead and four others wounded following another ambush-style attack in Iraq. The attack occurred as more coalition forces are being deployed to try to gain better control of the situation.

The attack occurred Saturday near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

In a guerrilla-style, hit-and-run ambush, one U.S. soldier was killed and four others were wounded when they were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.

The attack was similar to one Thursday west of Baghdad in the town of Fallujah, when one U.S. soldier was killed and five were wounded. Many residents in Fallujah have said they will continue to resist coalition forces, which have come under a spate of attacks since Saddam Hussein was ousted from power.

U.S. military commanders say the attacks are not well organized and that they are being carried out by localized groups that remain loyal to the former Iraqi leader.

In an effort to quell the attacks, coalition commander Lieutenant General David McKiernan announced Wednesday the deployment of an additional 1,000 troops to western and northern Iraq. General McKiernan called the attackers anti-Iraqi elements.

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