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2 South Korean Civilians Killed in Iraq - 2003-11-30


South Korea says two South Koreans are the latest victims of a series of roadside attacks in Iraq.

The country's foreign ministry says the two were shot to death today (Sunday) while traveling by car toward the town of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

The victims are believed to have been electricians working for a US firm. The shootings are the latest in a series of roadside ambushes in Iraq over the past two days.

The US military says two US soldiers were killed and one wounded Saturday in an ambush in the far western part of the country. Military officials say attackers using automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades opened fire on the soldiers' convoy near the troubled town of Husaybah, near the Syrian border.

US officials also announced that a Colombian contractor was killed and two of his colleagues wounded Saturday in an attack on a convoy north of Baghdad.

Also Saturday, seven Spanish intelligence agents died in an ambush south of Baghdad, and two Japanese diplomats and their Iraqi driver were killed near Tikrit, north of the capital.

Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar both pledged today to keep their commitments in Iraq despite the deaths.

U-S military commanders are defending their work in Iraq despite the rising death toll. The top US military commander in Iraq, Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, said Saturday that the number of daily attacks against U-S forces had fallen by almost one-third in the past two weeks.

But November has been the deadliest month for US soldiers since the invasion of Iraq in March. At least 77 soldiers have been killed this month.

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