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Bomb Near Ramadi Kills 5 US Marines

 US military officials on Thursday confirmed that five US marines had died from wounds sustained in a roadside bomb blast in Ramadi. The improvised explosive device exploded near the US military patrol vehicle on Wednesday. The five were assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

A lunchtime suicide bombing at a restaurant on an Iraqi military base killed 23 Iraqi soldiers and wounded 28 other people, mostly soldiers, police said. The base is in Khalis, just northwest of Baquba in Diyala province. 

In southeastern Baghdad, a suicide car bomber targeted an Iraqi police patrol near a market in southeastern Baghdad, a police source said, killing four people and wounding 29 others. The bomb exploded in the Za'faraniya area near al-Kubaisi market, destroying the three vehicles in the patrol. Police officers were among two of the dead and five of the wounded, the source said. Yesterday, five people died and six were wounded in a nighttime mortar strike in southwestern Baghdad, police said. Two mortars landed near a popular, crowded restaurant, but it is unclear what was being targeted, police said.

These latest deaths brings the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq during the month of June to 47. The number of American troops killed since the Iraq war began is at 1,713.

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