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Car Bomb Kills 5 Iraqis in Basra

A car bomb exploded near a hotel in the southern city of Basra Thursday, killing five Iraqi civilians, police said. Meanwhile, rescue crews called off their search for survivors of the suicide bombing of a hotel in Baghdad that killed at least 17 people. The military had earlier said that 27 people were killed in the Baghdad hotel bombing, but U.S. Army Col. Jill Morgenthaler on Thursday put the death toll at 17. She gave no explanation for why it was revised downward. Governing Council official Rowsch Shawayas said Iraqi authorities put the toll at “about 20.” In separate attacks, insurgents fired mortar rounds at two U.S. military bases on Wednesday, killing three American soldiers and wounding nine others, the military said Thursday. The deaths brought to 567 the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq since the start of hostilities last year, according to U.S. Department of Defense figures. Full Story

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