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Separate Attacks Kill Two Americans in Iraq

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 20, 2003 – Two separate attacks today have claimed the lives of two Americans in Iraq.

In one incident, a soldier from the 3rd Corps Support Command, operating out of Kuwait, was killed when his heavy transport hauler was attacked with small-arms fire southeast of the town of Ad Diwaniyah, U.S. Central Command officials said.

The vehicle struck another when it came under fire, officials said. Another 3rd COSCOM soldier was injured in the incident as well. That soldier has been treated and returned to duty.

In a separate incident today in Tikrit, an American civilian contract employee working as an interpreter died and two American soldiers were injured in an attack with small arms and rocket-propelled grenades, according to CENTCOM officials.

The two wounded soldiers, whose units and condition have not been released, were taken to the Army's 28th Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad for treatment.

Officials haven't released the names of those killed or wounded today. However, officials note, both incidents are under investigation.

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