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Nine U.S. troops die in western Iraq

Car bomb kills at least 10 in Baghdad
A U.S. soldier in the northern city of Tal Afar carefully opens a door to a home on Monday.


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BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Nine U.S. service members were killed Sunday and three others are missing after separate incidents in Anbar province in Iraq, the U.S. military said Monday.

A 7-ton military truck in a logistics convoy rolled over in a flash flood near Asad, killing five Marines, the military said.

Two Marines and one sailor are missing, the military said. A Marine who was injured in the accident has returned to duty, it said.

"Our thoughts are with the families, and we are using all the resources available to find our missing Marines and sailor," said Marine spokesman Lt. Col. Bryan Salas.

Two of the missing are assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group and the third is assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7.

Also in Anbar province, three U.S. Marines and one sailor were killed during combat, the U.S. military said.

The four troops, who were assigned to the 2/28 Brigade Combat Team, died Sunday.

Anbar province is an expanse of land west of Baghdad where many Sunni Arabs live in cities like Ramadi and Falluja. It is one of four provinces in Iraq where the insurgency carries out most of its attacks.

On Saturday, six U.S. service members were killed, and the death toll since the war in Iraq began is 2,341.

At least 10 dead in Baghdad blast

A car bomb in eastern Baghdad killed at least 10 people and wounded 30 others, Baghdad emergency police sources said Monday.

The blast took place near a mosque in the Shaab area, the sources said.

Also Monday, gunmen in the southern city of Basra killed six Sunnis, including a child at a market, a police official said.

Among the dead -- who were all related -- were two police officers and a naval officer.

The four gunmen opened fire from a passing car, the official said.

Rice: Iraq must pick 'strong leader'

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday the next Iraqi prime minister must be a "strong leader" capable of unifying the people of this fractured country.

On the second day of her trip to Baghdad with British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, Rice called for Iraqi lawmakers, elected in December, to overcome obstacles and form a new government.

Rice and Straw -- who flew into the Iraqi capital Sunday from northwest England -- have met with Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish politicians. (Full story)

Other developments

  • Insurgent bombers working in the middle of the night destroyed a Shiite mosque in Diyala province, an Iraqi official said on Sunday, but the U.S. military disputed the report. An official with the Diyala Joint Coordination Center said the bombers destroyed the small shrine in Kibba village about 3 a.m. But U.S. military personnel visited the site and said there had been no bombing, military officials in Baghdad said.
  • The brother of a prominent Sunni Arab politician was apparently kidnapped last week while driving from Baghdad to Salaheddin province, an official with the Iraq National Dialogue Front said Sunday. The missing man, Taha al-Mutlaq, is the brother of Saleh al-Mutlaq, the head of the Iraqi National Dialogue Front party, which won 11 seats in the parliamentary elections.
  • Iraqi police found four bodies, all shot in the head, Sunday in various neighborhoods of Baghdad, an official with Baghdad emergency police said.
  • CNN's Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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