Officials in Iraq say at least 40 people were killed Thursday in two
bomb attacks, including a suicide bombing west of Baghdad that killed
three U.S. Marines.
Officials say the suicide bomber blew
himself up at a municipal office in western Iraq's Anbar province, as
the local mayor met with tribesmen opposed to al-Qaida. The blast in
the town of Karmah killed at least 23 people, including the mayor and
The U.S. military says three U.S. Marines and two interpreters also were killed in the attack, which it blamed on al-Qaida.
the other attack, a car bomb went off on a crowded street in the
northern city of Mosul, killing 18 people and wounding 80 others. The
bomb exploded as the governor of surrounding Nineveh province, Duraid
Kashmola was inspecting damage from an earlier rocket attack on a
market. The governor was not hurt.
In another development, the
U.S. military says it killed al-Qaida's top commander in Mosul and two
other insurgents during a gun battle on Tuesday.
says troops killed al-Qaida in Iraq "emir" Abu Khalaf, a deputy to the
group's former leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. U.S. forces killed Zarqawi
in an airstrike in Diyala province in June 2006.
operations Thursday, the U.S. military says troops killed two suspected
al-Qaida terrorists and captured 15 others in central and northern Iraq.
military says the Anbar suicide bombing will not delay its plan to hand
over security in the province to Iraqi forces on Saturday. Anbar is
set to become the 10th province to revert to Iraqi control after the
region experienced a sharp drop in violence since 2006.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.