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U.S. moves 1,500 troops into Iraq

American forces bolstered in Anbar as attacks kill 48 people



BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military has moved 1,500 troops from Kuwait into Iraq to bolster security in the troubled Anbar province, officials said Tuesday, while attacks across Iraq killed dozens of people for the second straight day.

Terrorists and insurgents have control of parts of Anbar, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad said last week.

"The situation in al-Anbar province is currently a challenge but is not representative of the overall security situation in Iraq, which continues to improve as the Iraqi security forces increasingly take the lead," Lt. Col. Michelle Martin-Hing, a military spokesperson, said Tuesday.

With roughly 133,000 U.S. troops already in Iraq, the U.S. announcement said the new deployment would be "short-term."

Anbar is Iraq's largest province, stretching from just west of Baghdad to the Syrian, Jordanian and Saudi Arabian borders.

The restive province is home to the city of Haditha, where an alleged massacre of Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines last year is the subject of an investigation by the U.S. military. (Watch factcheck on Haditha allegations -- 2:51)

Also in Anbar, the bodies of two U.S. Marines missing after a helicopter crash have been recovered, the U.S. military said Tuesday.

Deadly two days

Insurgent attacks and bombings Tuesday in Iraq left 48 people dead, most of them from a pair of car bombs, police said.

The attacks came a day after at least 51 people, including two members of a CBS News crew, were killed in violence across the country. (Watch injured soldier describe attack -- 2:41 )

In Baghdad, 22 people were killed and 58 wounded when a car bomb exploded in an outdoor market in the Shiite neighborhood of Husseiniya, police said.

The other car bomb detonated in a used car lot in Hilla, killing 12 people and wounding 32, a Hilla police spokesman said. Hilla is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Baghdad.

Later Tuesday, nine Iraqis were killed and 10 wounded when a bomb exploded outside a bakery in southeastern Baghdad, police said. The mixed area is home to Sunnis, Shiites and Christians.

Two women were killed Tuesday when insurgent rocket fire hit the third floor of Iraq's Interior Ministry, an official with Baghdad Emergency Police said. Four Iraqi police were wounded.

According to police, at least three rockets were fired from a car in central Baghdad's Zayuna neighborhood, more than a mile away from the ministry building. One hit the building, and two other rockets landed short of the facility.

Also in Baghdad, Ali Farhan Abdullah, the Imam of Ansar al-Muhajrin Sunni mosque, was assassinated Tuesday by gunmen in the Shiite neighborhood of Shula, police said. A number of gunmen stormed Abdullah's house adjacent to the mosque and shot him to death.

And in the capital's Saydiya section, an Iraqi police commando was killed and three other commandos were wounded when a roadside bomb hit their convoy.

Separately, Iraqi police found three unidentified bodies in various Baghdad neighborhoods Tuesday morning. All had been shot in the head and showed signs of torture.

The violence came as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki worked to fill the top two security positions in his new government. The new Iraqi Cabinet was sworn in earlier this month, but the crucial defense minister and interior minister posts remained unfilled.

U.S. troops killed

Including the two Marines found after their helicopter crashed, the U.S. military announced the deaths of four U.S. troops on Tuesday, bringing to 2,463 the number of American service members killed in the war. Seven civilian military contractors also have died in the conflict.

A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier southeast of Baghdad Tuesday evening. A member of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, part of Task Force Band of Brothers, was killed by small-arms fire Monday in the northern city of Mosul, the military said. (Watch how violence rocked Iraq on Monday -- 1:56)

Another U.S. soldier died Monday in the attack that killed CBS News cameraman Paul Douglas, 48, and sound technician James Brolan, 42. (Full story)

Correspondent Kimberly Dozier was injured in that attack. She was flown to the military's Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, where a hospital official said Dozier was in intensive care and expected to survive. (Watch doctors explain how Dozier got treatment unavailable elsewhere -- :57)

In Saturday's helicopter crash, the Marines' AH-1 Cobra went down while on a maintenance test flight. One Marine's body was recovered late Monday and the other on Tuesday, the military said. The incident was not believed to be the result of enemy action.

Kidnapped UAE diplomat released

A United Arab Emirates diplomat kidnapped earlier this month in Iraq has been released, the official Emirates News Agency (WAM) said Tuesday.

Naji Noemi, abducted on May 16, was released Tuesday night, WAM quoted UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan saying.

Unidentified gunmen kidnapped the diplomat in an upscale Baghdad neighborhood, wounding his Sudanese bodyguard in the process, police said. The bodyguard survived and described the attack to investigators, they said.

The attack was the second in a month involving the UAE mission in Iraq. On May 3, two Iraqis working for the embassy were killed in an attack on their car, WAM reported.

Haditha report to be public

The report on the alleged killings of Iraqi civilians in Haditha will be released to the public when the Marine Corps' investigation is complete, the White House said Tuesday.

Pentagon sources have told CNN that at least 24 Iraqis were killed.

"When this comes out, all the details will be made available to the public, so we'll have a picture of what happened," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters.

Military investigators strongly suspect that a small number of Marines snapped after one of their own was killed by a roadside bomb November 19 in Haditha, sources told CNN. (Watch child survivors recount incident -- 3:57 )

Other developments

  • In the trial of Saddam Hussein, a lawyer for the former Iraqi leader said one of his witnesses had been killed and complained of restrictions on the case. (Full story)
  • Italy's defense minister said the country will maintain its commitment to help rebuild Iraq even after Italian troops are withdrawn this year. (Full story)
  • CNN's Jamie McIntyre and Mohammed Tawfeeq contributed to this report.

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