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Two Soldiers Killed, One Wounded in Separate Attacks in Iraq

By Kathleen T. Rhem
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2003 – Two American soldiers died in separate attacks in Iraq July 9. A third soldier was wounded.

An ambush on a convoy traveling near Al Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, led to one 3rd Corps Support Command soldier being killed by small arms fire at about 6:30 p.m. local time, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

A rocket-propelled grenade attack on another convoy, this one in Ba'Qubah, north of Baghdad, killed one soldier from 4th infantry Division and injured another at about 10:30 p.m. local time, defense officials said.

A DoD spokeswoman in the Pentagon said no suspects had been detained in either attack.

Speaking in Botswana this morning, President Bush said, "There's no question we've got a security issue in Iraq," adding, "We're going to have to remain tough."

The president cited mass graves and "a prison for children" that coalition forces have uncovered in Iraq as evidence that taking out Saddam Hussein's government was the right thing to do.

"We're making steady progress," Bush said in remarks with Botswana's president in Gaberone. "A free Iraq will mean a peaceful world. And it's very important for us to stay the course, and we will stay the course."

In related news, a third American soldier died as a result of "a non-hostile gunshot incident" in Balad, Iraq, July 9. Officials released no further details on this incident.

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