Two more U.S. soldiers have been
killed in Iraq, and Pentagon figures now show more have died since major combat
ended than were killed during the six-week war to oust Saddam Hussein.
U.S. officials say the latest casualties came when a roadside bomb hit a
U.S. tank on patrol about 70 kilometers north of Baghdad. One hundred and 17
U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq since President Bush declared major
combat over on May 1.
Meanwhile, U.S. Defense Department officials say they are considering shifting
U.S. intelligence officers searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq
to counter-terrorism duties. A Pentagon spokesman (Larry DiRita) says the hunt
for Iraqi weapons of mass destruction remains a priority, and that the mission
of the 1,400 member Iraq Survey Group will not be changed.
But he acknowledged Wednesday that there has been high-level talk of taking
intelligence resources from the group and applying them to counter-terrorism