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Iraq: Deadly Attacks Continue, As Bush Promises To Stay Put

Baghdad, 4 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Deadly attacks continued overnight in Iraq, hours after U.S. President George W. Bush vowed that the United States will not run from its "vital" mission in Iraq. "The enemy in Iraq believes America will run. That's why they're willing to kill innocent civilians, relief workers, coalition troops. America will never run. America will do what is necessary to make our country more secure," Bush said.

Bush's comments were the president's first since the death of 16 U.S. soldiers in Sunday's (2 November) attack on a helicopter in Iraq.

Hospital officials told Agency France Press today that two Iraqis were killed when a bomb exploded near a hotel in Karbala. A spokesman for the military coalition's Polish-led division that patrols Karbala said it was uncertain whether the bomb was planted outside or inside the empty building.

Also overnight, a U.S. soldier was killed by a homemade bomb near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.

In Washington yesterday, the Senate gave final congressional approval to the biggest emergency spending bill in history: $64.7 billion for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and $18.6 billion to rebuild Iraq.