American soldier killed in Baghdad, two Iraqis shot dead
An American soldier was shot in the head as he waited in line to buy a soft drink at Baghdad University on Sunday, while U.S. forces killed two Iraqis who charged an army post in a truck, firing a rocket-propelled grenade.
The soldier was shot at close range at about midday, witnesses said. He was evacuated to a military hospital, where he was in critical condition, said Army Maj. William Thurmond, a U.S. military spokesman. He later died of his wounds.
The violence in the capital came as the US occupation forces declared the end of its latest major sweep through central Iraq, hunting for Iraqis who have carried out daily attacks on American forces.
In the seven-day Operation Sidewinder, U.S. forces detained 282 people and confiscated hundreds of weapons and ammunition, the military said. Thirty Iraqis were killed in Sidewinder operations, the military said, according to AP.
In Baghdad, the two Iraqis were killed Saturday night as they charged U.S. troops in a white pickup truck and fired a rocket-propelled grenade.
In other attacks, Iraqis fired a grenade early Sunday into a small U.S. army compound in the town of Abu Sada al-Sagra, about 65 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, lightly injuring one soldier. (Albawaba.com)
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