U.S. Troops Fight Off Attacks

There was a series of massive and well coordinated attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq today. American troops were able to fight back, killing dozens of the attackers. The attacks happened as two U.S. logistical convoys moved into the city of Samarra. The army says the attackers set up a barricade along the route, then opened fire from rooftops and alleyways. Attacks occurred simultaneously on the east and west sides of the city. But, U.S.troops were able to use their fire power to fight back. 46 Iraqis were killed and at least 18 more were injured. Five American soldiers were hurt. Today's attacks came a day after seven Spanish intelligence agents, two Japanese diplomats and a Colombian contractor were killed in separate attacks.

"As tragic as these incidents were," said U.S. Spokesman Dan Senor, "both the Japanese government and the Spanish government have made very strong statements that they intend to continue to be engaged in the reconstruction of Iraq."

Also today gunmen killed two South Korean electricians in an attack near Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit.