Meanwhile, in Baghdad today four mortar rounds landed in a residential district, killing at least seven people.
Police also announced that they had found some 30 bodies that had been shot around the city on March 19.
Also today, the U.S. military said that two of its troops were killed in a roadside-bomb attack in the Iraqi capital. The military did not say when the attack occurred.
In other developments, the U.S. military said Iraqi insurgents used children in a recent suicide attack.
General Michael Barbero said adults in a vehicle with two children in the back seat were allowed through a Baghdad checkpoint. He said the adults then abandoned the vehicle and detonated it with the children still inside.
(compiled from agency reports)
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The Imam Al-Mahdi Army on parade (epa)
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