A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb Sunday near a joint U.S.-Iraqi checkpoint, killing three people and injuring seven, including four American troops in the northern city of Samarra, the US Army said.
The dead in Sunday's attack included an Iraqi soldier, a civilian and the suicide bomber, said Maj. Neal O'Brien of the Army's 1st Infantry Division.
Four Americans and three Iraqis were also wounded in the blast, The AP reported.
Elsewhere, four Iraqis were killed as they tried to plant a bomb on the side of the road near Suwayrah, south of Baghdad, it was reported Sunday.
American warplanes and artillery units bombed the city of Fallujah overnight, killing four people and injuring six, hospital officials said Sunday.
An artillery barrage on an industrial area in Fallujah early Sunday left two people dead and two others wounded, said Dr. Ahmed Khalil of the Fallujah General Hospital, according to The AP.
Late Saturday, U.S. warplanes unleashed missiles on a main street in the city center, killing two people and injuring four, said another hospital official, Dr. Rafea Heyad.
Meanwhile, a new round of talks to cease clashes in the Baghdad slum of Sadr City has ended in deadlock, with fighters loyal to Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rejecting US demands to disband and turn in weapons, both sides said Sunday.
A group of tribal leaders and al-Sadr envoys met Saturday with a Baghdad city councilman acting as an intermediary between the two parties to review a 12-point proposal that calls for Shiite fighters to disarm in exchange for millions of dollars in reconstruction money and compensation for victims.
"The only sticking point is that the Americans are insisting on disbanding the al-Mahdi Army and this is not possible for us," Kareem al-Bakhatti, al-Sadr's chief representative at the meeting, told The Associated Press. (albawaba.com)
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