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US Troops Report More Ambushes as They Hunt Saddam Loyalists
VOA News
16 Jun 2003, 16:11 UTC

U.S. forces in Iraq are reporting more ambushes as U.S. troops search towns and villages near Baghdad to root out resistance from loyalists of the ousted Iraqi regime.

U.S. Central Command says assailants fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a U.S. military convoy but hit a passing civilian bus Sunday near Al Mushahidah, 35 kilometers north of Baghdad. The number of casualties on the bus is not known. Four American soldiers were wounded. Another U.S. convoy was ambushed near Ad Dujayl, about 55 kilometers north of Baghdad.

In the capital Monday, a blast ripped through a road tunnel often used by U.S. troops, damaging an Iraqi civilian car and wounding at least one Iraqi. Troops at the scene say the explosion may have been from a bomb or landmine.

U.S. forces are in the second day of a sweep for Baath Party loyalists and other guerrillas who have launched a series of deadly attacks against U.S. forces since the start of May.

The U.S. military says the operation, named Desert Scorpion, is aimed at "defeating remaining pockets of resistance seeking to delay the transition to a peaceful and stable Iraq." It says the operation is designed to "identify and defeat selected Baath Party loyalists, terrorist organizations and criminal elements," while at the same time delivering humanitarian aid.

Some information for this report provided by Reuters and AP.



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