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Mortar Attacks in Iraq Kill 3 US Soldiers

The U.S. military in Iraq says three American soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in two separate attacks late Wednesday.

Military officials say two army soldiers were killed and six wounded when insurgents fired mortar rounds into a U.S. military compound in the town of Balad, about 70 kilometers north of Baghdad.

Officials say one Marine was killed and three were wounded in another mortar attack in the town of Qusayba near the Syrian border.

In Baquba, northeast of Baghdad, three people were reported killed and a number of others wounded in an attack Thursday, apparently targeting employees of an Iraqi television station funded by the U.S.-led coalition authority.

Meanwhile, rescue workers have called off the search for survivors of Wednesday's massive car bomb blast that destroyed a hotel and badly damaged several nearby buildings in central Baghdad.

The U.S. military now says 17 people were killed and dozens of others were wounded in the blast. Earlier, the military had put the death toll at 27. There was no explanation for the resvised death toll.

Iraqi officials say one British man was among those killed.

The Baghdad car bomb attack coincided with the start of a new U.S. operation to combat anti-coalition insurgents in the city.