US military says soldier killed in Baghdad battle

A US soldier was killed Wednesday by insurgents near the center of Baghdad, while two Marines died in fighting the day before in a volatile province west of the capital, the military said. Insurgents killed the Multi-National Division, Baghdad patrol soldier with small arms fire during a combined security operation in the area, the military said in a statement, adding that two other soldiers were wounded. The death was announced as fighting raged between US and Iraqi forces and Sunni insurgents on Haifa Street, just north of the heavily fortified Green Zone, site of the US and British embassies as well as the Iraqi government headquarters.