Iraq: At least 12 US soldiers killed within 72 hours
A suicide bomber exploded a tanker truck near a police checkpoint outside a market west of Baghdad on Sunday, killing at least two officers and wounding nine people, police said. The U.S. military said it had no reports chlorine was used in this attack.
Later Sunday, a bomb planted under a parked car went off in the central Baghdad neighborhood of Bab al-Sharji, near the Zahraa Shiite mosque, police said. The blast killed two civilians, wounded 10 and damaged nearby houses and the mosque, police said.
Several hours later, a mortar shell landed in a commercial area in central Baghdad, killing one person and injuring three, police said.
Meanwhile, south of Baghdad, thousands of American troops continued their search for three missing comrades, more than a week after they were abducted. At least one U.S. soldier was killed Saturday and four were wounded as gunmen attacked the searchers with guns, mortars and bombs. The military reported a dozen other U.S. troop deaths in Iraq since Thursday.
According to the AP, the search for the missing soldiers involves nearly 4,000 troops who "will not stop searching until we find our soldiers," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad. "We're using all available assets and continuing to assault the al-Qaida in Iraq network," he said.