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SLUG: 2-313161 Iraq - Soldiers Killed (L)
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DATE=2/16/2004

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE= IRAQ/SOLDIERS KILLED (L)

NUMBER=2-313161

BYLINE= KIRK TROY

DATELINE=BAGHDAD

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INTRO: A military spokesman in Baghdad says a U-S civilian was killed in Iraq over the weekend and that two US soldiers died in attacks Monday. As Kirk Troy reports from Baghdad, the U-S-led coalition also says it is open to changing the plan for the transfer of power to Iraqis by the end of June.

TEXT: Coalition authorities have said one U-S soldier was killed and another wounded by a roadside bomb in central Baghdad. The routine patrol was targeted by a remote-control bomb that was detonated as their three-car convoy was passing.

In a separate incident, another U-S soldier was killed when a bomb went off near his convoy north of the capital in the town of Baquba.

The U-S military also reported one American civilian was killed and two others wounded in an ambush south of the capital on Saturday. The three were working for a Christian charity in Iraq and were traveling back to Baghdad from the ancient city of Babylon when their convoy was attacked by gunmen in another vehicle.

Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt is the U-S military spokesman in Baghdad.

/// KIMMITT ACT ///

I do know that there was as group affiliated with a church organization that was moving, they were ambushed near Mahmudiyah on the 14th. One American citizen was killed and two were wounded.

/// END ACT ///

General Kimmitt said the wounded were taken to a U-S military hospital and that the attack was under investigation.

Despite the continued violence in Iraq, the U-S government says it will stick to a plan to transfer power to Iraqi's on June 30th, but that it is open to suggestions on how to choose a transitional authority before the hand-over. A U-S plan for regional meetings to choose the government has met with opposition, especially within the Shi'ite community.

Dan Senor is the coalition spokesman in Baghdad.

/// SENOR ACT ///

We are moving forward on the implementation of the caucus plan as it is outlined in the November 15th agreement; however we have said from the beginning that we would be open to clarification, we would be open to elaborations, we would be open to modifications to the plan and certainly we would welcome the advice that the U-N has. The plan in terms of its implementation has not changed.

/// END ACT ///

The U-N special representative to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, was in Iraq last week with a fact- finding team to assess the feasibility of early elections. The team is to present its findings to U-N Secretary General Kofi Annan sometime this week. (SIGNED)

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