Attackers struck nine Sunni mosques in Baghdad and south of the Iraqi capital in the aftermath of Wednesday's bombing of Al-Askariya Mosque -- a major Shiite Muslim shrine in Samarra, police said Thursday.
Six security guards were wounded Thursday night when gunmen ambushed the convoy of a top Shiite leader's son, said Haytham al-Hussaini, a spokesman for the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.
Insurgents killed three U.S. soldiers Friday south of Baghdad and a police officer in the Iraqi capital, and authorities found five slain bodies around the city, the U.S. military and Iraqi police said.
An Iraqi considered the prime suspect in the 2005 kidnapping of Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena and who also was sought for questioning in several assassination attempts has been captured, multinational military forces in Iraq said in a statement Thursday.
Violence shook Baghdad and areas outside the capital Wednesday as strikes thought to be fueled by sectarian animosity persisted and Iraqi leaders prepared to huddle to work toward a national unity government.
Col. William Wood, commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, died last week, the highest-ranking U.S. officer to be killed in combat in the Iraq war, the U.S. military said Monday.
A suicide bomber detonated his explosives near a propane fuel tanker parked near a gas station south of Baghdad Saturday evening, killing at least 60 and wounding as many as 100 people, police sources said.
U.S.-led forces have started a push against insurgents in another Iraqi hot spot -- the northern part of Babil province -- a couple of days after control was established in the restive city of Samarra.