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US Soldier Killed in Latest Attack in Iraq - 2003-06-19


A rocket propelled grenade attack has killed a US soldier in Iraq, in the third strike at U-S forces in 24 hours.

The US military says the grenade hit a US military ambulance on the outskirts of Baghdad. Two other U-S troops were wounded in the incident.

Today's (Thursday's) attack took place in the same area of Al Iskandariyah where a US soldier was killed Wednesday in a shooting attack.

US officials blame remaining Saddam Hussein loyalists for the series of attacks on coalition forces.

US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says recent coalition raids against pockets of resistance are necessary to protect US troops and to clear the way for the reconstruction of Iraq. Hundreds of Iraqis have been arrested in the raids.

In another development, Iraq's senior oil official says the country will resume exporting oil on Sunday after a three-month suspension.

Mohammad al-Jibouri of Iraq's State Oil Marketing Organization says Iraqi oil from the country's northern oil fields will be loaded onto tankers at the Turkish terminal of Ceyhan on Sunday.

Oil from the southern part of Iraq will be exported later this month, through the off-shore terminal at Mina al-Bakr. Oil companies from Spain, Turkey, the United States, Italy and France will be receiving the first Iraqi shipments.

Before the war, Iraq exported some two million barrels of oil a day, as part of the UN oil-for-food program.

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