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Iraq: Three U.S. Soldiers Killed Near Mosul

Prague, 24 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Three U.S. soldiers were killed today in northern Iraq near Mosul when unknown attackers fired on their convoy. A U.S. military spokesman said the convoy was attacked with small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades.

Two of Saddam Hussein's sons were killed in fighting with U.S. forces in the city of Mosul on 22 July. U.S. government and military officials warned revenge attacks could come against U.S. forces in Iraq.

In Baghdad, two Iraqis were killed today when they refused to stop their car at a military checkpoint. U.S. troops fired on the car which reportedly burst into flames. It was not immediately clear if the car's gasoline tank had been hit or if it contained explosives.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday the U.S. will soon release pictures of Hussein's two sons to prove that they were killed in fighting in Mosul.

Meanwhile, in Washington yesterday, the U.S. civil administrator for Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, said there are several objectives to be accomplished in Iraq in the next 60 days. Among them, Bremer listed plans to recruit the first battalion of a volunteer Iraqi army and the start of trials before the central criminal court.