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Rebels kill Iraqi VP's brother


BAGHDAD, Oct 31 (AFP): Rebel attacks Sunday killed the brother of one of Iraq's two vice presidents and wounded a deputy minister, as the US military announced the death of an American marine in a roadside bombing.
The marine died Saturday "of wounds sustained from an enemy improvised explosive device attack on his vehicle," the military said. The attack took place in a town near Fallujah, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) west of Baghdad.
The latest death brought to 2,014 the number of US military personnel killed in the Iraq operation since the March 2003 invasion, according to an AFP tally.
The Iraqi deputy trade minister, Kais Dawud Hassan, was wounded when gunmen opened fire on his convoy in western Baghdad.