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Suicide Bombers Strike at 2 U.S. Bases, Wounding Dozens of G.I.'s

Two suicide bombers set off explosions at United States military bases on Tuesday, killing only themselves but wounding several dozen American soldiers on a day that saw a sharp increase in violence around Iraq. Attackers also fired on a helicopter near Falluja, a city west of Baghdad where there have been frequent assaults on United States soldiers, forcing the craft into an emergency landing, the military reported. The two pilots walked away from the crash. In western Baghdad, three Iraqis were killed and two others were wounded after a Sunni mosque was hit with two explosives, apparently rocket-propelled grenades, after morning prayers near dawn on Tuesday. Who attacked the Ahbab al-Mustafa mosque was unclear, but many local people blamed Shiite extremists and called for retaliation. Relations between the sects — and the possibility of violence between them — remain major questions as Iraq moves toward governing itself and shaking off the legacy of Saddam Hussein, a Sunni who brutally suppressed the majority Shiites. Full Story

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