U.S. soldier killed in Mosul; blasts rock Foreign Ministry

BAGHDAD (AP) -- The U.S. military says an American soldier was fatally wounded during a firefight at a house in northern Iraq.

The military says U.S. forces were responding to a report that an al-Qaida member with a suicide vest was inside. An Iraqi policeman and a militant were also killed in the fighting, which ended when U.S. aircraft destroyed the building.

Elsewhere in Mosul, Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomber targeted a U.S. military patrol. One Iraqi civilian was killed and 10 others were injured. A U.S. spokesman says three American soldiers were hurt.

And in Baghdad today, two car bombs exploded in a parking lot near Iraq's Foreign Ministry. The bombings came while U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte is visiting the Iraqi capital for meetings.

At least seven Iraqis were injured in the blasts.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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