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SLUG: 2-314639 Iraq Wrap (S)
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DATE=3/31/2004

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=IRAQ WRAP (S)

NUMBER=2-314639

BYLINE=NICK SIMEONE

DATELINE=WASHINGTON

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INTRO: In Iraq, at least nine people including five American soldiers, all of them working for the U-S led military coalition, have been killed in separate attacks. In one, the bodies of four foreign contractors were dragged from their vehicles after coming under attack in the restive town of Fallujah. V-O-A Correspondent Nick Simeone tell us about one of the deadliest days for the U-S-led coalition in weeks.

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TEXT: Crowds of Iraqis demonstrate in Fallujah after the bodies of several foreign contractors were burned beyond recognition. This, after their vehicles were attacked and burned in the town, which has been a stronghold of opposition to the U-S-led military occupation. At least two burned corpses were later seen hanging from a nearby bridge.

In Baghdad, U-S Army General Mark Kimmitt told reporters . . .

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It is our understanding that there were four people traveling in two vehicles. What they were doing there, I'm not sure of. Like most contractors, they have a responsibility throughout the country.

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Further north, five American soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb exploded near their armored personnel carrier. In Washington, a White House spokesman called the attacks a horrible attempt to intimidate efforts to restore order to Iraq, but vowed those attempts will not succeed.

The violence came just two days after a United Nations official warned the on-going violence risks jeopardizing Iraqi elections which are supposed to take place by early next year. (SIGNED)

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