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The embattled city of Ramadi was the site of fierce fighting over the weekend. A 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division soldier was killed in Anbar province on Friday, military officials said Monday.

No other details of the soldier’s death were released, but the 1st Brigade has largely operated in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The soldier’s name was to be released after notification of his next of kin.

In the fighting in Ramadi, U.S. military officials reported dropping precision-guided bombs to destroy a building in the city.

According to the account, an American patrol was attacked Saturday by insurgents firing small-arms fire from a building. The troops returned fire, killing at least one insurgent and wounding two others.

Because of continued fire from the building, U.S. military officials said, the troops called in the air attack. The building was heavily damaged, but no casualty figures were available.

According to the military, the troops found an Iraqi citizen allegedly shot by an insurgent who commandeered the man’s vehicle during the battle to transport wounded fighters. There was no way Monday to independently verify that account.

The wounded civilian was taken to a medical facility for care, officials said.


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