Bomb Kills Four Iraqi Soldiers In Falluja
October 17, 2009
FALLUJA, Iraq -- A roadside bomb has killed at least four Iraqi soldiers near the western town of Falluja and a truck bomb in another western city destroyed a main bridge linking Baghdad to Syria and Jordan, police said.
Daily attacks still plague the nation of nearly 30 million people, which is trying to rebuild the economy and boost oil output in the world's 11th largest producer, despite hard-won security gains over the last 18 months.
The police said the Falluja attack occurred 2 kilometers outside the city -- 50 kilometers west of the Iraqi capital -- on a road linking Baghdad to the former insurgent hotbed. The source said 10 soldiers were wounded in the blast, which took place on October 17.
In a separate attack on October 17, a suicide truck bomber blew up the main bridge in northern Ramadi that gives Baghdad, 100 kilometers to the east, access to Syria and Jordan, a police official said. No casualties were reported.
The insurgency has waned since Washington sent thousands of extra troops and built alliances with Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq's western provinces. Some observers, however, fear an increase in attacks ahead of national elections in January.
Copyright (c) 2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.
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