BAGHDAD (AP) - A car bomb struck a joint U.S.-Iraqi military
convoy north of Baghdad on Friday, killing at least five people,
including two American troops.
Iraqi officials said a suicide attacker hit a patrol of Humvees
and Stryker vehicles in central Jalula, about 80 miles (125
kilometers) northeast of Baghdad, not far from the Iranian border.
American forces responsible for operations in Iraq's north
confirmed the casualties in Diyala province. Names of the
casualties were not released, pending notification of family
They said three Iraqis, including one police officer, were also
killed, and about 22 were wounded in the blast.
Iraqi police, hospital and local officials said four Iraqis were
killed, including a policeman and a woman, and 14 others were
wounded. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they
weren't authorized to release the information.
Conflicting casualty tolls are common in the chaotic aftermath
of an attack.
U.S. forces have largely pulled back from urban areas in Iraq as
Iraqis take responsibility for securing their country ahead of a
full American withdrawal by the end of next year. The American
death toll has dropped sharply but attacks continue.
Friday's attack raised to at least four the number of American
deaths this month, but the two earlier ones were due to non-combat
reasons, according to an Associated Press tally.
The Jalula bombing was the second deadly attack in Iraq on
Three people were killed when a bomb hidden in a pile of trash
exploded at a market in southern Baghdad. That explosion, in the
capital's Dora neighborhood, wounded 10 people.
Iraqi officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they
were not authorized to speak to the media.