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3 US Soldiers Killed in Northern Iraq Ambush - 2003-07-24


Three American soldiers have been killed in an ambush in northern Iraq. The soldiers were part of the Army unit that participated in Tuesday's raid, which killed Saddam Hussein's two sons, Uday and Qusay.

The U.S. military says the three soldiers were killed when their convoy came under attack from small arms and rocket-propelled grenades early Thursday. The convoy was on a road near the town of Qaiyara, southeast of Mosul.

The soldiers were part of the 101st Division, which took part in Tuesday's assault on a villa in Mosul. The U.S. military says Saddam's two sons were killed, along with a teenager believed to be Qusay's son and a bodyguard.

The commander of coalition forces in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, warned on Wednesday that the deaths of the brothers could trigger revenge-killings, and result in more attacks against troops for a short while.

But General Sanchez also called the deaths of Saddam's sons a "turning point" in the guerrilla war against U.S. troops, which has killed more than 40 soldiers since May 1. The attacks have been mostly blamed on remnants of Saddam's security and military units, which were once controlled by his sons.