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Suicide truck bomber kills 2 Marines in Iraq

BAGHDAD — A bomb-rigged truck exploded at a checkpoint Tuesday near the western city of Ramadi, killing two U.S. Marines and wounding three others.

The numbers of dead and injured were confirmed by the U.S. military.

Ramadi is the capital of Anbar province, which was once held by insurgents. But it has been relatively peaceful since local Sunni tribal leaders joined forces with the U.S. military against al-Qaida in Iraq.

Iraqi police said the suicide attacker drove a water tanker packed with explosives to the checkpoint and detonated them when he reached the guards.

Also Tuesday, the U.S. command announced that a Marine was killed and another wounded on Monday when a roadside bomb struck a U.S. convoy in the southern city of Basra.

Other violence

• A woman detonated an explosive vest at the entrance to an Iraqi police station in Jalawla, Diyala province, killing eight police officers and a Kurdish security guard, police said.

• Two Shiite extremists were killed in Sadr City, the U.S. military said.

• At least eight civilians were killed and 15 wounded in Basra district in a rocket strike, Iraqi police said. The U.S. military said an American helicopter fired a missile at extremists transporting rockets at the same hour but insisted no civilians were in the area.

The latest

"Chemical Ali" leaves hospital: Ali Hassan al-Majid, whose execution has been delayed for months, was returned to a U.S. detention facility on Tuesday after he was hospitalized for a heart attack, U.S. officials said. Majid, Saddam Hussein's cousin and top deputy, is known as "Chemical Ali" for the strikes he ordered against Kurds in the 1980s.

No thaw in ties: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki said only a brief hello and did not shake hands at a meeting of Iraq's neighbors in Kuwait City on Tuesday. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki unsuccessfully pleaded for immediate financial and diplomatic backing from rich Arab neighbors still leery of Tehran's influence on Baghdad.

Toy gun ban sought: A parliamentary committee is drafting a bill that would ban imports of toy guns and fireworks into Iraq, hoping to curb increasingly aggressive behavior among children who have grown up amid real war, Samira al-Moussawi, head of Parliament's committee on children and women, said Tuesday.

Suicide truck bomber kills 2 Marines in Iraq 04/22/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:53am]
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