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At Least 18 Reported Killed In Iraq Attacks --> U.S. troops on patrol in Baghdad (file photo) (AFP) August 17, 2006 -- At least 18 people were reported killed in attacks around Iraq today, including seven by a car bomb in a Shi'ite neighborhood of Baghdad, Al-Sadr City.

Another six people were killed in a string of shootings in and around Ba'qubah, in central Iraq. Three of the dead were brothers who owned an agricultural equipment shop. Another was a salesman at the shop.

In the town of Al-Muqdadiyah, northeast of Ba'qubah, three people died in a mortar and roadside bomb attack on a market. Two policemen were among the 20 wounded.

Police said five bodies, two them headless, were also pulled out of the River Tigris, near the town of Al-Suwayrah, southeast of the capital.

Earlier, the U.S. military today announced that another of its troops has been killed in the western Iraqi province of Al-Anbar, on August 16. So far this month, at least 10 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Al-Anbar Province, which borders Syria.

(compiled from agency reports)

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