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10 Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Fallujah Talks Continue

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 29, 2004 – A total of 10 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq April 28 and today, Pentagon officials said.

Eight U.S. soldiers were killed today when a car packed with explosives blew up next to them in Mahmudiyah, a city about 20 miles south of Baghdad. Four soldiers were seriously wounded. The car was parked by the side of the road and had been set up as an improvised explosive device, officials said.

In another incident today, a soldier in eastern Baghdad was killed as a result of a rocket-propelled grenade attack. Another soldier died April 28 as a result of an automobile accident in Baghdad.

The names of the soldiers are being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

A Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release from Baghdad today provided details of April 28 attacks on Iraqi police in Mosul that left seven police officers and one civilian dead. Two Iraqi policemen were shot in front of their homes. Later, a drive-by shooting killed one civilian and wounded an Iraqi policeman as they stood guard at the residence of the Mosul chief of police. Five policemen chased the attackers and were ambushed in an open field, where all five were killed. During the pursuit, the assailants tried to steal a car and shot and wounded the driver after he refused to hand over the car keys, the news release said.

Pentagon officials said discussions continue with leaders in the western Iraqi city of Fallujah. The Marines continue to ring the city and fire only when fired upon, officials said. They also said Iraqi security forces are working with the Marines. Some units are being repositioned, but that in no way means the pressure on the anti-coalition forces is being diminished, officials said.

Officials in Iraq said the enemy in Fallujah continues to launch small attacks on Marine positions. They said they still estimate that the former regime forces and foreign fighters who make up the backbone of the enemy in Fallujah number between 1,000 and 3,000.

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