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Truck Bomb Attack Kills More than 100 in Iraq


07 July 2007

A truck bomb attack at a crowded outdoor market in northern Iraq has killed more than 100 people Saturday.

Authorities say the suicide attack leveled homes and shops in Emerli, a small Shiite Turkmen village north of Baghdad. The blast wounded more than 250 others.

Elsewhere, violence Friday in the province of Diyala, northeast of the capital, killed 22 people and wounded 17. In Baghdad today, at least two Iraqi soldiers and one other person were killed by a car bomb targeting a military checkpoint in the city's east.

The violence comes just days after the Iraqi government reported a significant drop in civilian deaths, coinciding with a U.S.-led security crackdown in and around Baghdad.

The attacks also come as several senior lawmakers in U.S. President George Bush's Republican Party are calling for a new strategy for the Iraq war.

The U.S. military today reported the deaths of six American soldiers and an Iraqi interpreter over the past few days, mostly in Baghdad.

Britain's defense ministry also announced today the death of one soldier during heavy fighting in the southern city of Basra. Another British soldier was killed in an accident on Friday.

More than 150,000 American troops are now in Iraq as part of a U.S. troop "surge," which has helped the military regain control of neighborhoods in and around the capital.

Iraqi government data released last week says that civilian deaths in June dropped to 1,200 from 1,900 in May.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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