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Mortar Attack Hits U.S. Soldiers in Iraq

Despite new security rules aimed at quelling the Iraqi insurrection, there has been fresh fighting in some areas. At least five American soldiers died in a mortar attack. The interim Iraqi government acknowledges the severity of the insurrection and pledges to combat it. Hear NPR's Philip Reeves and NPR's Melissa Block.

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Philip Reeves is an award-winning international correspondent covering South America. Previously, he served as NPR's correspondent covering Pakistan, Afghanistan, and India.
As special correspondent and guest host of NPR's news programs, Melissa Block brings her signature combination of warmth and incisive reporting. Her work over the decades has earned her journalism's highest honors, and has made her one of NPR's most familiar and beloved voices.