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Suicide Bomber Hits Baghdad Bus Carrying Army Recruits, Killing 14


Iraqi officials say a suicide bomber has blown himself up near a minibus carrying army recruits in Baghdad, killing at least 14 people and wounding several others.

Authorities say the bomber struck as the bus was taking recruits to an al-Muthana army base in central Baghdad.

Separately, the trial of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants resumed in a Baghdad courtroom Monday after a break of about three weeks. He faces charges of ordering the killing of tens of thousands of Iraqi Kurds in 1988.

A former Kurdish militia fighter told the court about a 1987 chemical attack that left people blinded and vomiting. She also described a bombing campaign on her village.

In an outburst, Saddam accused the witnesses of trying to create divisions between Kurds and Arabs, and said Iraqis should not feel guilty for crushing the Kurdish insurgency in the 1980's.

Saddam and his co-defendants are accused of involvement in the Anfal campaign, which prosecutors say killed 180 thousand civilians. Saddam has said the offensive was aimed at Kurdish guerrillas who fought his forces alongside Iran.

In another development, the U.S. military says an American soldier was killed north of Baghdad Sunday evening. The military says the soldier's patrol came under small-arms fire from insurgents.

Meanwhile, Iraqi officials said Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki delayed his planned visit to Iran, which was due to start today. An Iraqi official blamed the delay on what he called "technical reasons."

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