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Iraq: U.S. Forces Fend Off Attack, Kill 46 Insurgents

Prague, 30 November 2003 (RFE/RL) -- The U.S. military says that U.S. forces today killed 46 attackers and wounded at least 18 others who tried to strike military convoys in Samarra. A military spokesman says five U.S. troops and a civilian were wounded by the attackers. None of the injuries were life-threatening. He said the attackers were dressed in uniforms of the fighters belonging to Saddam's Fedayeen.

The fighters attacked a U.S. convoy that was transporting new Iraqi dinars and included some tanks that proved decisive in the battle with the insurgents, some of which were taken prisoner.

Yesterday and today at least 14 foreign nationals including U.S. soldiers were killed in a sharp upsurge of violence in Iraq.

The dead included seven Spanish intelligence officers, two Japanese diplomats, two South Korean electricity workers, two U.S. soldiers, and a Colombian national.

The two South Koreans, two U.S. soldiers, and the Colombian national were killed today. The seven Spanish agents and the two Japanese diplomats died yesterday in separate attacks.