The Iraqi insurgency is now nationwide and deadlier than ever, despite the recent surge of U.S. forces. More than 30 people, many of them women and children, were reported dead and dozens wounded Friday when a suicide bomber set off explosives that released chlorine gas in Ramadi — just one of several fatal incidents this week in Iraq.


A suicide truck bombing in the restive Iraqi city of Ramadi has killed at least 35 people, police say.

A police commander in Ramadi said a police checkpoint had been targeted.

Elsewhere, police said clashes had erupted between US and Iraqi forces and fighters from the Shia Mehdi Army militia in the city of Diwaniya.

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