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Soldier killed in Iraq strike

Baghdad, Dec. 7 (Reuters): The top US general in Iraq warned today of an upsurge in attacks in the months before Washington hands over sovereignty in June, as insurgents killed an American soldier in a roadside bomb attack in the north.

Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez also urged Iraqis to help find fugitive former dictator Saddam Hussein — whom he called a needle in a haystack — and said US forces would keep up their offensive against insurgents using any weapon at their disposal.

In the latest fatal attack on US forces, guerrillas blew apart a Humvee with a roadside bomb in the northern Iraq city of Mosul, killing one American soldier and wounding two.

“We heard an explosion and ran towards it. I saw four US soldiers lying on the ground, with their Humvee destroyed,” Mosul policeman Hamid Saleh said.

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