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Attacks kill 7 Iraqis, 6 U.S. troops

Rumsfeld says seized explosives 'clearly' from Iran
U.S. troops secure the scene after a suicide car bombing Tuesday in Baghdad.


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Insurgents killed seven Iraqis Wednesday in Baghdad, following a string of attacks Tuesday that killed six U.S. soldiers.

A suicide car bombing killed six people and wounded 14, in the Ghazaliya neighborhood, Baghdad police said.

The attack targeted an Iraqi police patrol, authorities said. Two of the dead and two of the wounded were police officers.

A mortar attack killed a traffic officer and wounded another in the city's Adhamiya district.

North of Baghdad, suspected insurgents attacked a patrol late Tuesday near Baiji, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding six, military officials said.

The Task Force Liberty soldiers were investigating a rocket-propelled grenade incident when an anti-tank mine exploded and hit an armored Humvee, a military spokesman in Mosul said.

The vehicle caught fire and suspected insurgents shot at the patrol.

It was unclear whether the deaths and injuries were caused by the blast, the small arms fire or a combination of both, the spokesman said.

The mine was apparently altered to maximize shrapnel damage, he said.

Another soldier was killed Tuesday during combat operations in Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Wednesday.

The soldier, assigned to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed near Habbiniya in western Iraq.

A suicide car bombing killed a U.S. soldier assigned to Task Force Baghdad, the military said.

The deaths bring the total number U.S. service members killed since the war began to 1,841.

Explosives from Iran seized

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Tuesday that weapons recently confiscated in Iraq were "clearly, unambiguously from Iran" and admonished Tehran for allowing the explosives to cross the border.

Iran's defense minister denied the claims in a report carried by the state-run news agency IRNA.

According to Ali Shamkhani, Iran is playing no role in Iraqi affairs, including "its alleged involvement in bomb explosions."

The shipment of sophisticated bombs was confiscated in the past two weeks by U.S. and Iraqi troops in southern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday.

Although he would not comment on whether the Iranian government was directly involved, Rumsfeld said, "it's notably unhelpful for Iranians to be letting those weapons cross the border."

The U.S. officials said the weapons were more lethal and more sophisticated than the bombs typically used by Iraqi insurgents.

After examining the truckload of weapons, intelligence analysts said the explosive parts are similar to those used by Iran's Revolutionary Guard. While there is no evidence Iran's government sanctioned the shipment, the analysts said it may indicate a rogue element inside Iran is making the weapons and trying to ship them to Iraq's insurgents. (Full story)

Other developments

  • Iraqi leaders worked Wednesday to hammer out the country's draft constitution. Talks on Tuesday focused on several contentious issues, including federalism, the status of Kirkuk, oil revenues and the role of Islam. The national assembly must approve the draft constitution by Monday and Iraqis must vote on the draft by October 15 in a national referendum. If it is approved, elections for a five-year government would be held at the end of the year.
  • U.S. and Iraqi forces seized nine vehicle bombs and 28 smaller bombs in their latest push against insurgents in the Euphrates River valley, the U.S. military said. The raids also netted 36 suspected insurgents.
  • CNN's Cal Perry, Aneesh Raman, Mohammed Tawfeeq and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.

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