13 April 2005 -- At least 10 civilians were killed in the latest violence in Iraq yesterday as U.S.-led forces battled insurgents near the border with Syria.
The U.S. military said the 10 died in two car bombings in and around the northern city of Mosul. The U.S. military said the blasts left some 20 wounded.
Elsewhere, U.S.-led forces fought insurgents in Qaim, near the border with Syria. The U.S. military said that "a number of foreign terrorists" had been killed in a raid on what the U.S. military said was a smuggling ring.
Doctors at a local hospital said they had received at least nine corpses. In a Internet statement, the group Al-Qaeda in Iraq, led by Jordanian militant Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for the Qaim clashes.
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