A spate of bombings around Baghdad on Sunday killed 34 people, including at least four Iraqi policemen, three soldiers and several civilians shopping in local markets and preparing to break their fasts to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
Iraqi officials are attributing the deaths of 29 people in Duwailiya, in Diyala province north of Baghdad, to al-Qaida militants who disguised themselves in military uniforms and surrounded the village before opening fire Tuesday on men, women and children. This latest report follows other news of widespread violence as the U.S. troop “surge” continues.
An Iraqi police officer says six children were killed when a U.S. helicopter returned fire near an Iraqi school in Diyala province, near the Iranian border. The military was unable to confirm the report but said it was investigating.
American military officials reported that a suicide bomber killed nine U.S. soldiers and wounded 20 Monday. The bomber detonated a car explosive close to the soldiers’ base in Diyala province, according to the Los Angeles Times. Another American casualty was recorded in Muqdadiya the same day.