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3 US Soldiers Wounded in Iraq in 2 Attacks Tuesday - 2003-08-12


Violence against U.S. forces in Iraq continued with a grenade attack in the capital, Baghdad, and a guerrilla attack elsewhere that left three soldiers wounded.

The guerrillas targeted U.S. soldiers north of Baghdad. The wounded Americans were reported in stable condition after they were attacked with a homemade bomb and rocket-propelled grenades in a town north of Tikrit.

A U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said one Iraqi man was killed after he threw two grenades at an American checkpoint.

Meanwhile, American troops raided a village Monday 100 kilometers north of Baghdad in search of a member of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime. The target of the raid is on the U.S. military's list of 55 most wanted Iraqis.

The attack was near Baquba, where a U.S. soldier was killed Sunday by a homemade bomb detonated at a police station. The death brought to 262 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the beginning of the war.

Meanwhile, in southern Iraq, British forces say calm has returned to Basra, following weekend riots over power and fuel shortages. Coalition authorities say they have begun restoring electricity to the city and are distributing fuel.

The British army said it had brought in 24 million liters of fuel from its stocks for distribution in Basra.

Also Monday, the president of the U.S.-picked Governing Council announced the interim government had postponed appointing cabinet ministers for three weeks. Ibrahim al-Jaafari, council president for August, said a 25-member committee would be formed soon to choose the constitutional assembly, but he gave no dates.

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