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Iraq: U.S. Soldier Dies In North

Baghdad, 13 October 2003 (RFE/RL) -- One U.S. soldier died and another was wounded when their Bradley fighting vehicle struck a land mine in northern Iraq. U.S. Major Gordon Tate today told Reuters the incident happened late yesterday near the town of Bayji. The latest death means some 95 U.S. soldiers have been killed in action in Iraq since U.S. President George W. Bush declared major combat over on 1 May.

Yesterday, the top U.S. civilian administrator in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, reiterated that the frequent attacks on coalition forces will not stop the United States from helping Iraq become a stable democracy.

His statement came shortly after two cars crashed through a security barrier outside the Baghdad Hotel, killing at least six people. The hotel is used by senior coalition officials and the Iraqi Governing Council.