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Bomb Kills One U.S. Soldier, Wounds Two in Iraq

By Gerry J. Gilmore
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2003 – One American soldier was killed and two were wounded in Iraq by an improvised explosive device Aug. 26, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

CENTCOM reported that the 3rd Corps Support Command troops were traveling by military convoy near the town of Hamariyah when the morning attack occurred.

The injured soldiers were evacuated to the 28th Combat Support Hospital for treatment, CENTCOM noted. The soldiers' names are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

In Afghanistan, U.S. special operations troops and Afghan militia fought off and defeated an Aug. 25 attack by anti- coalition forces, killing more than 14 of the enemy, according to CENTCOM.

The fight occurred near Tarin Kowt in Kandahar Province. The enemy used small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades in the attack.

U.S. and Afghan ground troops returned fire and called in air assets, which engaged the enemy with laser-guided munitions and 25 mm rounds.

There were no U.S. or coalition casualties in the battle, according to CENTCOM.

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