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2 US Soldiers Killed in Iraq Ambush - 2003-10-19


U.S. military officials in Iraq say two American soldiers have been killed and another wounded during an ambush in northern Iraq.

A military spokeswoman, Major Josslyn Aberle, says the deadly attack was carried out with small arms and rocket propelled grenades. She said it took place late Saturday near the city of Kirkuk.

In another incident, police in Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, say at least one Iraqi was killed and 15 others wounded late Saturday when an explosive device blew up near a crowd that had gathered after authorities found the device.

Elsewhere, eyewitnesses say gunmen fired on an American convoy in Fallujah, west of Baghdad, setting ablaze a truck carrying ammunition. There are no reports of casualties. The U.S. military has yet to comment on the incident.

Coalition forces come under almost daily attack by suspected militants loyal to ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. More than 100 American soldiers have been killed in hostile action since May 1, when President Bush declared an end to major combat in Iraq.

In another development, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is prepared to reverse its decision to send troops to Iraq, if they are not wanted. Mr. Erdogan said Saturday that Turkey only offered the troops at the request of the United States, and is not enthusiastic about becoming involved in neighboring Iraq.

Iraq's U.S.-appointed Governing Council has voiced objections to the idea of having Turkish troops in the country.

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