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Repeated Insurgent Attacks Kill Three U.S. Troops

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2004 – Three U.S. servicemembers were killed over the weekend as Iraqi and coalition forces battled against continued attacks in Iraq.

Military officials in Baghdad reported that a Task Force Baghdad soldier died from wounds sustained following an improvised-explosive-device attack on a patrol in northern Baghdad Dec. 11.

The soldier was evacuated to a medical facility and died later. Three other soldiers were wounded and returned to duty.

Also, two Marines with the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force have been killed while conducting security operations in Anbar province. One Marine was killed today, the other Dec. 11. For security reasons, the Marines provided no further information about the attacks.

The deaths followed a weekend of repeated attacks by insurgents on Iraqi and coalition forces.

In Mosul, Iraqi security and coalition forces repelled two separate attacks, in which insurgents attempted to seize a police station and ambush a coalition convoy on Dec. 11.

During the ambush, approximately 20 insurgents opened fire using rocket- propelled grenades and small arms. Military officials reported 10 insurgents were killed.

The ambush happened near an area where U.S. soldiers were destroying a large weapons cache containing several roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and ammunition.

In a separate incident, the military reported that Iraqi police successfully repelled an attack by insurgents on a police academy in southern Mosul. And in southeast Mosul, six people suspected of planning and conducting attacks against Iraqi civilians working with the coalition were detained.

In other news, insurgents used mortars and rocket-propelled grenades to attack Iraqi National Guard troops in central Baghdad today. No casualties were reported.

Following the attack, a Task Force Baghdad patrol discovered two recoilless rifles and two 155 mm artillery rounds outside a nearby mosque.

In Tikrit, 1st Infantry Division soldiers conducted "deliberate operations" against anti-Iraqi forces in the Baqubah area on Dec. 11, military officials reported.

Officials said that more than 50 individuals were arrested during "Operation Centaur Backbreaker III Zeus."

Two other operations in the region led to five individuals detained and several weapons confiscated.

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