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Iraq: Six U.S. Soldiers Wounded In Latest Attack

Baghdad, 3 July 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Attackers struck at U.S. forces in Iraq in two separate incidents today. One attack injured six soldiers in western Iraq. An explosive device struck their two-vehicle convoy. The wounded soldiers were evacuated to a field hospital in the town of Ramadi, 100 kilometers west of Baghdad.

In Baghdad, a grenade attack on a military vehicle reportedly wounded three soldiers and killed or wounded an Iraqi civilian. U.S. Major Scott Patton said at the scene that what he called "preliminary reports" counted three soldiers wounded and an Iraqi dead.

Yesterday, U.S. President George W. Bush had a tough message for Iraqi militants attacking U.S. troops: "Bring them on." Bush also said the U.S. military presence is sufficient to deal with the attackers.

Some 23 U.S. troops have been killed by hostile fire since Bush declared major combat operations over on 1 May.