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Minority Christians, however, attended masses on Thursday morning, alarmed by the violence gripping their city.

Another rocket hit the Bourj al-Hayat Hotel, also used by Americans. No one was hurt.

Raining Rockets In Baghdad;

(The First Wave)

Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier

December 25 By Nadim Ladki

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - About 10 rockets and mortar rounds slammed into central Baghdad Thursday in fresh guerrilla attacks, as the U.S. military said an American soldier was killed by a roadside bomb.

A hotel used by Westerners and an apartment block were struck, as well as the area where the headquarters of the U.S.-led administration is situated.  A residential building next to the German embassy was also hit.

A rocket missed the Interior Ministry and landed in a nearby street, witnesses said.

REMEMBER THESE?  OBVIOUSLY PLENTY MORE TO GO AROUND:  A US soldier and a plainclothes Iraqi sapper look at look at a makeshift rocket launcher inside a donkey cart. Two makeshift launchers with a total of 52 rockets in their tubes were found. (AFP/Patrick Baz)

The U.S. military said Thursday the American soldier was killed in Baghdad Wednesday, bringing to 206 the number of U.S. military deaths from hostile fire since Washington announced the end of major combat in Iraq on May 1.

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