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Iraq: U.S. Troops Shoot Dead Two Iraqis Near Al-Fallujah

Al-Fallujah, Iraq; 27 September 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military has confirmed its troops shot dead two Iraqis and wounded four when their car ran a checkpoint in the town of Al-Fallujah. Sergeant Mark Ingham, a U.S. military spokesman, told Agency France Presse the incident occurred late yesterday. Residents earlier spoke of four dead.

In Baghdad, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said rocket-propelled grenades were fired today at or near the Al-Rashid hotel where many U.S. military and civilians stay. The spokesman, James Smith, said there were no casualties.

Meanwhile, the U.S. said some 15,000 more soldiers and reservists have been told to prepare for likely service in Iraq.

On the political front, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell set out a timeline for returning Iraq to self-rule. He said yesterday that the U.S. will set the Iraqi Governing Council a six-month deadline to come up with a constitution that will lead to elections and a new government.