Iraqi authorities say a suicide bomber has killed at least 25 people outside an Iraqi army recruitment center near the border with Syria.
Police say dozens more people were wounded in the attack in the town of Rabiah, about 10 kilometers east of the Syrian border.
Friday's bombing comes hours after the U.S. military announced that it captured Ammar Abu Bara, a top al-Qaida terror leader for the city of Mosul, which is about 80 kilometers east of Rabiah.
On Thursday, American and Iraqi forces killed nine insurgents, including five believed to be Syrian nationals, during a clash in the village of Cykla, northwest of Baghdad.
Iraq and the United States say many insurgents in Iraq come from neighboring Arab countries.
Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.