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U.S.: Fourth soldier killed Saturday in Iraq

Central Command: Recent raids netted money, weapons

U.S. troops speak with residents at a children's hospital Saturday in Ba'qubah, where a grenade attack killed three soldiers.
U.S. troops speak with residents at a children's hospital Saturday in Ba'qubah, where a grenade attack killed three soldiers.

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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- A soldier was killed and two others wounded Saturday afternoon when their convoy was attacked with small-arms fire, rocket-propelled grenades and "possibly an improvised explosive device" on Highway 10 near Abu Ghurayb, Central Command said.

The soldiers were with an engineer unit attached to the 3rd Infantry Division. Two soldiers were taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital for treatment, where one died. The other was still being treated. A third soldier was treated and returned to duty.

Three Iraqis were also wounded in the attack that occurred about 1:05 p.m. [5:05 a.m. EDT] west of Baghdad.

Earlier Saturday, three U.S. soldiers guarding a hospital northeast of Baghdad were killed in a grenade attack, U.S. Central Command said.

The soldiers, from the 4th Infantry Division, were guarding the Ba'qubah Children's Hospital.

Four soldiers were wounded in the attack and were evacuated to a U.S. medical treatment facility, according to Central Command.

The attacks were the latest of the guerrilla strikes against U.S. soldiers that have occurred almost daily since May 1, when President Bush declared the major combat phase of the war over.

Since the declaration, 48 U.S. troops have died from hostile fire. Fifty-seven have died in accidents and what the Pentagon calls "nonhostile" incidents.

A total of 242 U.S. military personnel have been killed since the war in Iraq began in March. (Interactive: U.S. deaths)

Raids and patrols by coalition forces and Iraqi police in the 24-hour period of Friday into Saturday have resulted in hundreds of arrests as well as the recovery of weapons and thousands of dollars, according to Central Command.

The U.S. Army's 1st Armored Division also prevented an attack on its forces in Baghdad, when its patrol spotted at least five Iraqis placing a tripwire attached to a grenade across the road, according to a Central Command statement.

The patrol fired at the Iraqis, killing one, the statement said, adding that the others fled the area.

A series of raids by coalition forces has netted 242 people suspected of murder, carjacking, looting and various other crimes, according to Central Command.

The 1st Armored Division detained two former regime loyalists, and nine others, after raiding the houses of the loyalists, who are reputed arms dealers, according to Central Command.

American forces also confiscated several weapons in that raid, as well as $10,000 and two gold bars.

During the past week, U.S. forces in Iraq have seized hundreds of surface-to-air missiles and large caches of other weapons and munitions, the Pentagon told CNN on Friday.

Among the arms seized are 12 Al-Samoud surface-to-surface ballistic missiles, which, officials say, likely have a range in excess of 93 miles [150 kilometers] and might violate restrictions imposed on Iraq by the United Nations in 1991 after the Persian Gulf War.

One official with access to sensitive information told CNN that the U.S. forces were "being led to most of it" by cooperative Iraqis who either volunteered their assistance or who were taken into custody and provided information.

In addition to the Al-Samoud missiles; U.S. forces found 250 French-made Roland surface-to-air missiles; 30 Soviet-made SA-7 surface-to-air missile launchers with missiles and fuel; 40 French-made Milan antitank missiles; thousands of rocket-propelled grenades and other explosives, according to Pentagon officials.

A single raid Thursday netted 45,000 sticks of dynamite, according to officials speaking on the condition that they not be named.

Also, an Iraqi scientist associated with deposed President Saddam Hussein's nuclear program surrendered to U.S. authorities in Baghdad on Thursday, U.S. defense officials told CNN on Friday.

The officials identified the scientist as Abdullah Abbus Khandush, and said he was cooperating with the United States but that any information he was providing would not be made public, at least in the short term. (Full story)

Former bodyguard speaks

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Friends of Spec. Joel Bertoldie grieve at his casket after funeral services in Independence, Missouri. Bertoldie was killed July 18 in Fallujah, Iraq.

Saddam and his sons were shocked at their defeat by U.S.-led forces and met secretly after the fall of Baghdad to plan a guerrilla resistance, according to a former bodyguard for Uday Hussein. (Full story)

The bodyguard, who called himself Abu Tiba, was interviewed by Newsday reporter Matthew McAllester in Iraq shortly after his boss was killed Tuesday, according to the U.S. military, along with his brother, Qusay Hussein, by U.S. forces in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

For the first time Friday, Iraqis and other TV viewers throughout the world saw graphic videotape of two bullet-riddled bodies that the U.S. military said are Saddam's sons. (Full story)

The U.S. military took the unusual step of allowing reporters to view and videotape the bodies Friday at close range and in extensive detail to combat skepticism that Uday and Qusay Hussein were really killed in a firefight Tuesday with U.S. soldiers in the northern city of Mosul. (Timeline of the attack, Iraqis react, Viewer discretion advised: Gallery of still photos)

On Friday, military morticians told reporters seeing the corpses that the faces of both bodies had been partially reconstructed and prepared for viewing. Military pathologists said each body had more than 20 bullet wounds. After viewing the photos Thursday, some military officials had speculated that wounds on Uday's body could have been self-inflicted. But military pathologists said they had seen no signs of suicide.

Other developments

Iraqis sell newspapers on a Baghdad street Saturday with photos of what the U.S. says are the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein.
Iraqis sell newspapers on a Baghdad street Saturday with photos of what the U.S. says are the bodies of Uday and Qusay Hussein.

• The Bush administration expects to pay the full $30 million reward to the informant who provided the tip leading U.S. troops to the home where Uday and Qusay were hiding, a senior State Department official said Friday. (Full story)

• Three American soldiers were killed Thursday morning in northern Iraq when small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades ambushed their convoy, according to the U.S. military. The soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were traveling into Qayyarah, a town about 40 miles [64 kilometers] south of Mosul, when they were attacked, military officials said. Soldiers secured the ambush site and found two rocket-propelled grenades and an AK-47 assault rifle, according to U.S. Central Command.

CNN correspondents Rym Brahimi, Nic Robertson, Barbara Starr, Harris Whitbeck and Chris Plante contributed to this report.


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