Sunni mosque bombed in Baghdad
Police fight 3-hour gunbattle with insurgents storming station
Iraqis gather at the scene of a mortar attack Monday in the Shulla neighborhood of Baghdad.
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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Two bombs exploded Monday evening outside a Sunni mosque in Baghdad, killing four people in a continuation of the sectarian attacks that have come since a bomb destroyed a Shiite shrine in Samarra last week.
At least 18 people were wounded in the blasts, which occurred in a mostly Shiite neighborhood, Baghdad emergency police told CNN.
In the Nahrawan area southeast of Baghdad, Iraqi police clashed with insurgents attempting to occupy a police station Monday afternoon, authorities said.
Two police commandos were killed and five others were wounded in the fighting. Another commando is missing, police said.
Police called for support from the U.S. military, and said the insurgents fled when troops showed up, ending the three-hour skirmish.
Monday morning, a mortar attack targeted a gas station and a high school for girls in the northwestern neighborhood of Shulla.
Four people were killed and 17 others were wounded, Iraqi police said.
Earlier Monday, authorities lifted a daylight curfew enacted after mass demonstrations were followed by violence last week.
The violence -- much of it sectarian -- has killed more than 200 people since the bombing of the gold-domed al-Askariya Mosque on Wednesday.
Sources: Military brass split on troop withdrawals
Military commanders are split on whether the number of U.S. troops in Iraq can be reduced soon, military sources have told CNN.
CNN spoke to several senior officers, who said some commanders feel Iraqi forces have proved their combat-readiness, but others would prefer to wait until the new Iraqi parliament is seated.
The United States has about 136,000 troops in the Iraq, and officials meet every three months to discuss troop levels and rotations.
Sources said Gen. John Abizaid, commander of Central Command, and Gen. George Casey, commander of U.S. troops in Iraq, might come to Washington for the meeting.
CNN's Barbara Starr and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.
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