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Transients Stopped At Border, Soldier Dies After Enemy Ambush

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2, 2003 – More than 100 persons were stopped from entering Iraq from the Jordanian border Dec. 1, while elsewhere in Iraq enemy forces ambushed a U.S. patrol, mortally wounding a U.S. soldier, according to U.S. Central Command.

The American patrol came under small-arms fire near Habbaniyah, CENTCOM reported. The soldier was seriously injured in the attack, was medically evacuated, and later died of his wounds. The name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Three enemy attackers were captured during the engagement, CENTCOM noted, and are being questioned by authorities.

Also Dec. 1, according to CENTCOM, coalition forces stopped 119 people and seven vehicles from entering Iraq at Trebil on the Jordanian border. The transients lacked passports or other valid documentation.

CENTCOM also reported that 82nd Airborne Division soldiers and troops from other units conducted three security operations in Iraq over the past 24 hours. The U.S. cordon-and-search patrols, CENTCOM said, included joint operations with Iraqi border guards and police.

About 15 enemy troops were captured as a result of those military operations, CENTCOM reported.

Elements of the division's 3rd Brigade discovered a cache near Iskandariyah. It contained 1,606 mortar rounds of various sizes, three mortar base plates and one mortar tube. They also found bomb-making materials, a number of RPG rounds and other ammunition.

The 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment continued Operation Rifles Blitz, conducting 14 raids in Ubaydi and capturing 25 personnel.

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