Gunman in Iraqi army uniform kills US soldiers

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Two American soldiers were shot dead and three more were wounded Saturday when a gunman wearing an Iraqi army uniform opened fire on them at a combat outpost in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

According to a  military statement, the assailant was killed after the ambush-style assault 20km south of Mosul, which is one of the last urban strongholds for Sunni insurgents.

In the past, rebels have used military and police uniforms to bypass checkpoints and gain access to heavily guarded bases. But Iraqi military officials said the attacker was an Iraqi soldier who also served as a Sunni Muslim preacher for an army unit.

The attack will likely elevate worries about militant infiltration in Iraqi security forces as the U.S. military turns over more responsibilities in a phased withdrawal before all American forces leave at the end of 2011.

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