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Violence in Iraq kills 4 US troops

BAGHDAD -- Violence claimed the lives of three US service members in Fallujah and one in Baghdad, the US military announced yesterday.

The deaths highlighted Iraq's two main battlegrounds: Anbar province, the heartland of the Sunni Arab insurgency, and Baghdad, where US and Iraqi troops are conducting a crackdown on sectarian violence between Sunni and Shi'ite extremists.

Two Marines and a sailor wounded in Fallujah died Sunday, the military announced. The city in western Iraq, site of two major US operations in 2004, has long been a troublesome area for American forces.

Earlier this month, hundreds of new Iraqi police recruits avoided work in Fallujah after guerrillas issued threats against police forces and killed nine officers.

In Baghdad, a roadside bomb struck a US military vehicle yesterday, killing an American soldier inside. The US military is staging a sweep in the capital in an attempt to root out insurgent cells and Shi'ite paramilitary organizations.

Elsewhere in Baghdad, nine corpses were discovered yesterday, four in the Sunni Arab neighborhood of Karkh on the west side of the capital, and five in Rusafa, a predominately Shi'ite neighborhood in the east. All the victims had been shot in the head, according to Iraqi police sources.

Two Sunni Arab men were gunned down near their homes, according to officials at Yarmuk Hospital. Three Iraqi soldiers manning a Baghdad checkpoint were killed in a drive-by shooting.

And armed men killed one civilian and injured five others in the northern Baghdad neighborhood of Kadhimiya, a predominately Shi'ite area.

Violence also flared in the southern oil hub of Basra, Iraq's second-largest city and a Shi'ite stronghold. Armed men assassinated a colonel in the Facilities Protection Service charged with guarding oil installations, according to police.

Gunmen also killed a police officer and two military intelligence agents, Iraqi police officials said.

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