Iraq: At least 10 dead as Bush defends policy
A series of bombs on Monday targeted Iraqi security forces in Baghdad, killing at least 10 people, officials said. Monday's violence started when two vehicles parked about 50 yards apart exploded in quick succession as a police patrol passed a bakery in a mainly Shiite area. According to the AP, police and hospital officials said four people, including a policeman who died at the hospital, were killed and nine others wounded.
The U.S. military said the Iraqi police were hit when explosives planted on a truck detonated as they were responded to the initial car bomb. The U.S. military gave a lower casualty toll, saying one Iraqi policeman was killed and two civilians were hurt.
In western Baghdad, a roadside bomb struck a military convoy with a truck carrying weapons in the mainly Sunni area of Yarmouk, killing three Iraqi soldiers and wounding four bystanders, police said. Two other roadside bombs apparently aimed at Iraqi army and police patrols elsewhere in the capital killed three people and wounded six others, police officials said.
The U.S. military confirmed that three Iraqi soldiers also were killed in Baghdad. C
Also Monday, the U.S. military announced that a U.S. soldier died the day before of a non-combat related injury near Samarra north of Baghdad.
Meanwhile, in Washington, U.S. President George W. Bush said he did the right thing in sending an additional 30,000 American troops to Iraq to lower the level of daily violence and to stabilize life. "The question is, in the long run, will this democracy survive, and that's going to be a question for future presidents," he told reporters.