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Eight US Soldiers, Two Marines Die in Iraq


The U.S. military in Iraq says eight American soldiers were killed in insurgent attacks in Baghdad on Monday.

The military says four soldiers were killed by a roadside bomb. The others were killed in separate attacks elsewhere in the Iraqi capital.

The military also announced the deaths of two U.S. Marines, who died Saturday and Sunday of wounds sustained during combat in al-Anbar province, west of Baghdad.

Meanwhile, Iraq's political leaders are trying to work out details of a plan announced by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Monday to quell growing sectarian violence.

The prime minister wants to set up committees in Baghdad neighborhoods to monitor efforts by security forces to stem the violence. The committees are to include representatives of different political factions and their work would be supervised by a similar central committee.

Hours before Mr. Maliki's announcement, gunmen kidnapped 14 people from computer shops in central Baghdad, and 50 mutilated bodies were recovered in the capital. Iraqi officials said another 13 Iraqis were killed in violence in Baghdad and elsewhere Monday.

Iraqi lawmakers also renewed the country's state of emergency for 30 more days. The state of emergency has been in effect for nearly two years.

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

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