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Insurgent Attacks Kill 5 Across Iraq

Iraqi authorities say insurgent attacks across the country killed at least five people Saturday.

A car bomb near a gas station in Kirkuk killed three people. Two other attacks north of Baghdad killed two others, including a police officer. And a blast in the capital wounded 12 people.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military says Iraqi forces captured what they called a known foreign militant during a raid in western Baghdad. The military did not identify the suspect, only saying he is closely associated with a "top facilitator of foreign fighters" in Baghdad and Fallujah.

On Friday, a bomb blast near a Sunni Mosque in Baghdad killed four people and wounded at least six others.

The Pentagon has announced that it is extending the tour of duty of about 3,500 U.S. troops as part of a plan to bolster security.

The Defense Department had hoped to reduce troop levels this year, but Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said Friday the security challenge in the Iraqi capital requires the increased troop level.

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