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Iraqi Sunnis Mark Holiday Amid Violence


Iraq's Sunni Muslims have been marking the Eid al-Fitr holiday, with many staying home, apparently out of fear of insurgent and sectarian violence.

Sunni mosques reported a decline Monday in worshippers celebrating the end of Ramadan fasting. Iraqi Shi'ites are to mark the holiday Tuesday or Wednesday.

On Monday, at least eight people were killed in bomb attacks in Baghdad.

Also Monday, Iraqi authorities imposed a curfew in the tense southern city of Amara following clashes between Shi'ite militias and security forces.

The U.S. military announced that another four servicemen died in combat, bringing the death toll of American forces in Iraq this month to 87, the highest monthly total this year.

Additionally, the military said a U.S. soldier in Baghdad is reported missing.

The military identified the soldier as an army translator.

American troops have been conducting house to house searches to find the soldier.

In June, two U.S. soldiers were abducted and murdered south of the Iraqi capital. American officials said the bodies of the soldiers showed signs of torture. Al-Qaida in Iraq took responsibility.

In an interview on American television (CNBC) Monday, President Bush said again that U.S. forces will not leave Iraq until, in his words, the job is done.

Mr. Bush said he has a plan for victory.

He has been reviewing the administration's Iraq strategy with senior advisors.

Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Fitr holiday. It starts at the sighting of the new moon.

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

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