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    American troops kill 11 Iraqis: Independence Day sees violence BAGHDAD, July 4: American hopes for a grand style Independence Day for troops in Iraq were
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      American troops kill 11 Iraqis: Independence Day sees violence

      BAGHDAD, July 4: American hopes for a "grand style" Independence Day
      for troops in Iraq were shattered on Friday by more deadly violence
      and the broadcast of a tape purported to be of former president
      Saddam Hussein warning that cells of fighters had been established
      throughout the country to fight the US-led forces.

      Saddam Hussein, in a taped message dated June 14 and broadcast on
      Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite television station, said "jihad cells
      made up of Iraqi men and women fighters have been formed on a large
      scale" throughout Iraq to fight the occupation forces throughout the
      country.

      The former Iraqi leader, whose whereabouts has been a mystery since
      the fall of Baghdad on April 9 and on whose head Washington put a 25-
      million-dollar reward on Thursday, said his "aides were still in
      Iraq".

      On the ground, US troops killed 11 Iraqis who attempted to ambush a
      patrol north of Baghdad on Friday, a US military spokesman said,
      adding that there were no US casualties.

      "The attackers attempted to engage with the patrol with small arms
      and RPGs. They were all killed when the patrol returned fire," a
      spokesman said.

      A US soldier was shot and killed by small arms fire on Thursday while
      protecting the Baghdad Museum, the Central Command said.

      INDEPENDENCE DAY: But US troops remained defiant, vowing "grand
      style" Independence Day celebrations in Baghdad and the northern city
      of Mosul with concerts, barbecue feasts and surprise "morale-
      boosting" events. Arnold Schwarzenegger made a lightning visit in
      Baghdad to cheer US soldiers at Camp Victory.-AFP


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