'Bring 'Em On'
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Thu Jul 3 07:09:34 MDT 2003
Bush Utters Taunt About Militants: 'Bring 'Em On'
By Dana Milbank and Vernon Loeb
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, July 3, 2003; Page A01
President Bush yesterday delivered a colloquial taunt to militants who
have been attacking U.S. troops in Iraq, saying "bring 'em on" and
asserting that the forces in Iraq are "plenty tough" to deal with the
Nine U.S. Soldiers Injured, Two Iraqis Killed in Iraq Attacks
By Jim Krane
The Associated Press
Thursday, July 3, 2003; 8:31 AM
BAGHDAD, Iraq -— An Army truck hit an explosive west of Baghdad on
Thursday, injuring six U.S. soldiers, and attackers ambushed patrols in
the capital, wounding three other Americans. The violence also left two
Iraqis dead and several wounded, including a 6-year-old.
In Baqubah, northeast of Baghdad, an explosion went off during a
demonstration by Iraqis angry over the U.S. military’s detention of the
town’s top Shiite cleric. One person was killed and several wounded.
The violence comes a day after President Bush vowed that anti-American
attacks would not keep the United States from fulfilling its mission in
Iraq. American troops have been targeted daily in the past weeks by
ambushes and hit-and-run attacks, blamed on Saddam Hussein loyalists and
In Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad, a two-Humvee convoy struck an
explosive, wounding six soldiers, said Sgt. Patrick Compton, a U.S.
military spokesman in Baghdad.
Later Thursday morning, an ambusher fired a grenade at a U.S. Army
convoy in downtown Baghdad, wounding two soldiers; troops who returned
fire killed an Iraqi bystander and injured others, witnesses said.
As the convoy moved along Baghdad’s Haifa Street, a man fired a
rocket-propelled grenade while standing in a car’s sunroof; the grenade
exploded beneath an Army Humvee, said Saddam Juwad, 22, a bystander.
Most of the soldiers jumped from the Humvee before the explosion, Juwad
said. One soldier who appeared to be injured was evacuated, Juwad and
other witnesses said.
Another limping U.S. soldier sobbed and shook as a comrade helped him
into a car.
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