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Thu Jul 24 06:45:40 MDT 2003
NY Times, July 23, 2003
With Hussein's Heirs Gone, Hopes Rise for End to Attacks
By ERIC SCHMITT and THOM SHANKER
WASHINGTON, July 22 — The deaths of Saddam Hussein's two eldest sons in
a battle with American troops in northern Iraq could be an important
victory in the campaign to control, and even end, the guerrilla-style
insurgency that has almost daily killed or injured allied troops,
administration and military officials said today.
The Independent, July 24, 2003
Three more US soldiers killed in Iraq
By Matt Moore, AP
Three American soldiers were killed today when their convoy was hit by
gunfire and rocket-propelled grenades in northern Iraq.
It was the second attack in two days on the 101st Airborne Division,
which led the intense assault in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul that
killed Oday and Qusay Hussein on Tuesday. The killings were further
signs that the insurgency against American troops isn't losing its
Military spokeswoman Spc. Nicole Thompson in Baghdad said the soldiers
were travelling in a convoy toward Qayyarah, about 180 miles north of
Yesterday, two American soldiers were killed in attacks on their
convoys, including one near Mosul, and one in Ramaldi, 100 kilometers
(60 miles) west of the capital, killing one soldier and wounding two more.
The deaths brought to 158 the number of American servicemen killed in
action since the war began March 20, surpassing by 11 the death toll in
the 1991 Gulf War.
Guerrilla holdouts loyal to the regime have been attacking US forces at
a rate of about 12 times daily in an effort to wear down the American
occupation and drive it from the country.
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