11 U.S. Troops, 52 Iraqis Killed

Associated Press
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

BAGHDAD, Oct. 3 -- A suicide bomber unleashed a blast in a Baghdad fish market Tuesday and two Shiite families were found slain north of the capital as violence across Iraq claimed at least 52 lives.

The U.S. military, meanwhile, announced the deaths of nine soldiers and two Marines in what has been a deadly period for American forces in Iraq. The announcement brought to at least 15 the number of service members killed in fighting since Saturday.

Four of the soldiers were killed in Baghdad on Monday in separate small-arms attacks, the military said. Another four were killed the same day in a roadside bomb attack on their patrol northwest of Baghdad. The ninth died Sunday when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb west of the capital.

Sunni politicians expressed worries over a new government plan to stop sectarian violence. The plan, announced a day earlier by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, won some praise in parliament Tuesday, but Shiite and Sunni leaders delayed potentially contentious talks to work out its details.

The Baghdad suicide bomber struck in the primarily Sunni area of Sadiyah in southwestern Baghdad, killing three people and wounding 19, police said.

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