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Iraq Hit by Multiple Suicide Bombings; 5 US Soldiers Killed


There were multiple suicide bombings in Iraq Monday, including an attack that killed five U.S. soldiers.

In northern Iraq, officials and witnesses in the provincial capital of Sulaimaniya say a car bomb killed at least two people and wounded up to 30 others Monday.

Sulaimaniya's governor, Dana Ahmed Majid says a suicide bomber blew up his explosives-packed car outside a large hotel frequented by officials.

Such attacks have been rare in the relatively stable Kurdish north.

Earlier on Monday, in Baghdad, the U.S. military reported a suspected suicide bomb attack killed five U.S. soldiers on foot patrol.

In Muqdadiya, northeast of Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed two people and wounded more than 20 others. And a female suicide bomber blew herself up outside the home of a local tribal leader, Sheikh Ghadban al-Karkhi in Diyala province, killing him and three others.

In related news, the commander of coalition forces in western Iraq says he expects al-Qaida in Iraq fighters to try to return to the region as they are pushed out of other parts of the country, and possibly try to launch large-scale attacks.

Still, U.S. Major General John Kelly says his forces and Iraqi units are ready.

The general also said he believes it would be difficult for al-Qaida to establish a bomb-making factory, or to bring in a lot of explosives from elsewhere. But he said intelligence reports indicate there is reason for concern.

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

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