이라크 서부에서 미 해병대원 14명과 민간인 통역관 1명이 사망했다고, 미군이 밝혔습니다.

미군은 전투 작전을 수행중이던 미 해병대원들을 태운 차량이 시리아 국경 근처의 하디싸 마을 남쪽을 지날 때 길가에 매설된  폭탄이 터져 해병대원들이 사망했다고 말했습니다.

한편, 정체를 알 수 없는 공격범들이 남부 도시 바스라에서 미국인 자유기고 언론인 스티븐 빈센트 씨를 총격 살해했습니다. 

경찰은 빈센트 씨와 이라크 인 통역이 2일 납치됐다고 말했습니다. 당국자들은 두 사람 모두 총격을 받았지만 빈센트 씨만 사망하고 통역은 살아 남았다고 말했습니다.

 

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The U.S. military says 14 American Marines and a civilian interpreter have been killed in western Iraq.

The military said the Marines were killed today (Wednesday) when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb during combat operations south of the town of Haditha, near the Syrian border.

Earlier this week, six U.S. Marines were killed in an insurgent ambush in Haditha, while another Marine died in a bomb blast in the town of Hit to the south.

Elsewhere, unknown assailants have shot and killed American freelance journalist Steven Vincent in the southern city of Basra.

Police say the journalist and his Iraqi translator were kidnapped Tuesday. Authorities say both were shot -- Mr. Vincent died but the translator survived.

Mr. Vincent was the author of a book on Iraq (In the Red Zone - A Journey Into the Soul of Iraq), and was also working on another book on the history of Basra.