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At least 6 killed in battle for Baghdad

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- At least two soldiers and two journalists were killed in fighting in and around Baghdad, and two Marines also were killed Monday, military sources said.

Two soldiers and two reporters died and 15 others were injured Monday when an Iraqi missile struck the tactical operations center of the 2nd Brigade of the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division, located south of the Iraqi capital, Army sources told CNN's Walter Rodgers, embedded with the Division's 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

Pentagon sources told CNN that six soldiers initially listed as missing might have been killed in the strike.

Three battalions from the 2nd Brigade, including tanks and armored vehicles, conducted operations inside Baghdad for the third straight day Monday. While U.S. officials characterized earlier incursions as raids and reconnaissance missions, Army sources told CNN that the units will not withdraw from the Iraqi capital.

In the second incident, two U.S. Marines died after an armored personnel carrier attached to the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, was hit as the unit tried to secure a bridge over the Tigris River outside Baghdad, military sources said.

The Marines were originally uncertain whether the armored personnel carrier was hit by Iraqi artillery or friendly fire, but later confirmed that it was Iraqi fire, according to CNN's Martin Savidge, who is embedded with the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines.

CNN correspondents Walter Rodgers and Martin Savidge contributed to this report.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This report was written in accordance with Pentagon ground rules allowing so-called embedded reporting, in which journalists join deployed troops. Among the rules accepted by all participating news organizations is an agreement not to disclose sensitive operational details.


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