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At least 17 Killed in Scattered Violence in Iraq


New violence in Iraq has killed at least 17 people, including eight who died when a suicide bomber hit a police checkpoint in the northern town of Tal Afar.

Authorities say another six people were wounded in that suicide bombing Saturday. The deadly attack was among several across the war-torn country. Nine people were killed in and around Baghdad.

A spokesman for the U.S. military, Major General Joseph Peterson, says 4,000 Iraqi police have been killed in action over the past two years, with another 8,000 wounded. Peterson oversees the coalition police training effort.

In other news, the U.S. military says Iraqi and coalition soldiers captured 28 suspected terrorists in Baghdad this week, including three so-called "high value" targets. They were not identified.

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

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