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U.S. Soldiers Attacked By Assailants Posing As Journalists

(Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2004, 1:40 p.m.) -- Iraqi insurgents said to be posing as journalists have fired assault weapons and rocket-propelled grenades at American paratroopers.

U.S. military officials say the American troops were guarding a burning U.S. helicopter that had been shot down near Fallujah.

There are no casualties reported in the ground attack, but one soldier died in the copter crash.

U.S. Army Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt says the attackers were wearing "black press jackets with 'press' clearly written in English."

Kimmitt says the attack on the soldiers securing the crash site was the first known instance of insurgents posing as journalists in their fight against U.S. led occupation forces.

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