Three US Soldiers Killed in Iraq in 24 Hours
27 Jun 2003, 20:33 UTC
U.S. military officials say three U.S. soldiers have been killed in the last 24 hours in Iraq in the latest attacks on U.S.-led forces.
Witnesses say one soldier was shot as he was buying video discs Friday from a sidewalk vendor in northwest Baghdad. The gunman escaped into a crowd as U.S. soldiers rushed the victim to a military hospital.
The other two U.S. soldiers died Thursday in attacks in southwest Baghdad and the city of Najaf.
The attacks came as U.S. forces pressed on with a massive search for two soldiers who disappeared, along with their vehicle, Wednesday in the town of Balad, north of Baghdad. The U.S. military says it has detained at least three Iraqis in connection with the incident.
U.S. defense officials blame what they call remnants of the ousted Saddam Hussein regime for the almost-daily attacks on coalition troops in Iraq. Hostile fire has killed at least 21 American soldiers since President Bush declared major combat over in Iraq on May 1.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Defense Department says a team of five private experts is headed to Iraq to advise U.S. administrators on ways to stabilize the country. The team is lead by former President Clinton's deputy defense minister, John Hamre.
Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.