Iraq: US death toll at 900; Report on downed helicopter denied
A 1st Infantry Division soldier on Wednesday became the 900th U.S. military death in Iraq since the beginning of the war in March 2003. The soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while on patrol in a Bradley fighting vehicle in Duluiyah, some 70 kilometers north of Baghdad.
Two Marines had been killed in separate incidents Tuesday while conducting "security and stability operations." One soldier was killed Monday, and a second died Monday of wounds, The AP reported.
Meanwhile, the U.S. military denied Wednesday a report from Iraqi police that an American helicopter has been downed near the city of Ramadi.
Iraqi police in Ramadi had said a U.S. helicopter was shot down during fierce fighting in the city, and that three crew were dead.
Clashes between U.S. forces and resistance fighters in a residential area near Ramadi killed five Iraqis and wounded 17 others, a hospital official confirmed. "We received 17 wounded and five dead due to clashes and bombing by American forces," Dr. Mohammed Ali, from Ramadi emergency hospital, told The Associated Press.
In Samarra, some 100 kilometers north of the Iraqi capital, U.S. forces and resistance fighters engaged in running gunbattles, the U.S. military said. Four Iraqis were killed and five were injured, said Ahmed Jaddo, a hospital official. (albawaba.com)
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