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Bomb Blast Temporarily Closes Baghdad Airport Road

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2004 – An insurgent-placed car bomb exploded on Baghdad's airport road today, damaging two up-armored military shuttle buses.

The road was closed to traffic for roughly 90 minutes. No casualties were reported, and the incident is under investigation.

In other Iraq news, a roadside bomb killed 1st Infantry Division soldier on patrol near Duluiyah today.

The blast also damaged an M-1 Abrams tank. The soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident is under investigation.

Also, division soldiers secured the Joint Coordination Center in Khalis today after anti-Iraqi forces attacked it. Insurgents hit the center with small arms and rocket- propelled grenades from the vicinity of a nearby school.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment, secured the center and evacuated one wounded Iraqi National Guardsman to a medical facility for treatment.

Iraqi National Guard soldiers secured the school building and discovered RPG rounds and mortar plates. Explosive ordnance disposal teams destroyed six improvised explosive devices around the village.

No 1st Infantry Division soldiers were injured in the incident.

In other news, elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit detained five individuals and discovered a small weapons cache in the city of Hadithah, Iraq, during a Nov. 26 raid.

A spider hole was found in an abandoned building after the Marines came under small- arms fire. Small-arms weapons and munitions were seized, including 19 mortar rounds, two rockets, 45 pounds of rocket propellant, one-half pound of black powder, one tripod, and one 4-inch rocket warhead. The Marines destroyed the weapons cache.

President Bush told reporters Nov. 26 that Iraqi elections should remain scheduled for January 2005 as planned. The Iraqi Election Commission has slated the elections for Jan. 30, but some Iraqi political groups have declared it would be better to conduct the elections in another six months.

"I would hope they'd go forward in January," the president said.

(Based on Multinational Force Iraq press releases and other reports.)

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