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4 U.S. TROOPS KILLED IN IRAQ BOMBINGS

New York Times

BAGHDAD - In the worst day of violence against American soldiers in Iraq since combat troops moved out of the cities this year, two bombings left four Americans dead, underscoring the dangers troops still face even as they prepare for their exit.

The American military provided little detail about the attacks, saying only that one soldier was killed in a roadside bombing in southern Baghdad and that three more were killed in another roadside bombing in northern Iraq.

While the American presence here has been greatly diminished, with Iraqis and Americans rarely conducting joint patrols and Iraqis eager to appear in control of their own security, there are still thousands of American soldiers working as advisers inside cities and towns across Iraq. Tens of thousands more are also on the road every night as Americans move equipment and resources in preparation for the large-scale reduction of forces scheduled to begin after January elections here.

Iraq's security forces also continued to come under attack on Tuesday, with at least 10 police officers killed in Kirkuk province, including a police commander, and another six wounded.

Contractor killed

A State Department contractor apparently has been electrocuted while showering in Baghdad, his wife said Tuesday, even as U.S. authorities in Iraq try to remedy wiring problems that have led to the deaths of American troops. The contractor, Adam Hermanson, 25, died Sept. 1, his wife, Janine, of Muncy, Pa., said. At least three troops have been electrocuted in showers since the start of the war.

Associated Press

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