BAGHDAD, Iraq, July 20 — Two soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division were killed and one was injured in an ambush Sunday when their convoy came under rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said. Also Sunday, a U.N. convoy was attacked on a road near the southern city of Hilla, killing an Iraqi driver and injuring a U.N. staffer.
A U.S. SOLDIER was also killed and two others injured when their vehicle crashed and flipped over near Baghdad International Airport, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla.
No other information on the accident at the airport was immediately available.
In the attack in the north, three U.S. soldiers were taken to a nearby military hospital, where two of them died, said Cpl. Todd Pruden, a spokesman for the military in Baghdad.
The attack occurred near Tal Afar, just west of the northern city of Mosul and about 240 miles northwest of Baghdad, Pruden said. There were no reports of enemy casualties or arrests.
Most of the recent violence has occurred in an area north and west of Baghdad called the Sunni triangle, where some support for Saddam Hussein remains. Mosul is north of the Sunni triangle and has not been the site of much previous violence.
151 U.S. DEATHS SINCE WAR BEGAN
The deaths of the servicemen who died in the attack west of Mosul brought to 151 the number of American soldiers killed in action since the March 20 start of the war, four more than the total killed in the 1991 Gulf war.
In the capital on Sunday, a bomb detonated prematurely, missing another U.S. Army convoy in the north of the city. The U.S. military quickly sealed off the area as Army experts searched for more explosive devices. Two more were eventually found and defused.
The commander of coalition troops in Iraq said Saturday his forces were studying each attack carefully.
"We learn from every engagement in order to learn to beat the enemy. Clearly, we are fighting and we expect that this will continue for a while," Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez told reporters.