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British Soldier Killed In Iraq Roadside Bomb Attack


Britain says one of its soldiers has been killed in a roadside bomb attack in the southern part of Iraq. Iraqi police say the attack occurred Sunday in the Kahla area south of Amara, 290-kilometers southeast of the capital, Baghdad.

Britain's Defense Ministry confirmed the death of a British soldier, but it gave no other details. The bulk of Britain's nine thousand-strong military deployment is based in southern Iraq.

Earlier, the U.S. military said a Marine was killed Saturday in a roadside bomb attack near Haqlaniyah, 137-kilometers northwest of Baghdad. His vehicle hit what the military called an improvised explosive device along the roadway.

The latest violence comes as some 40-thousand Iraqi police and army units prepare to launch a crackdown in Baghdad to capture insurgents.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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