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Violence Continues Amid Foreign Dignitaries' Iraq Visits

8 December 2004 -- Violent attacks on Iraqi and international targets continued in Iraq today as two senior foreign dignitaries made stops in the country.

South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and British Defense Secretary Geoff Hoon, both of whose countries currently have troops in Iraq, were in Iraq today to visit their countries' soldiers.

Attacks on U.S. soldiers and Iraqis killed at least three people today, while an Iraqi policeman said an attack by armed men on a police station in Samarra, north of Baghdad, ended with the death of at least one police officer.

In Ramadi, hospital officials say an attack on a U.S. military checkpoint killed at least two Iraqis.

A U.S. military spokesman, Major Jay Antonelli, said a roadside bomb struck a U.S. military convoy in southern Baghdad, slightly injuring two soldiers.

In Hillah, south of the capital, a hospital official, Husayn Madlol, said police have found the decapitated body of an Iraqi National Guard soldier.

South Korean President Roh made a brief, unannounced visit to his country's 3,600 troops in the northern Irbil region of Iraq.

In the southern city of Al-Basrah, British Defense Secretary Hoon visited British troops, saying those forces will stay in Iraq as long as the Baghdad government wants them.


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