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AP Tally: Iraq Suicide Bombs Killed 660

Thousands of people in Iraq have suffered from suicide bombings — a phenomenon unknown here until after the U.S.-led war toppled Saddam Hussein’s regime nearly a year ago. The cycle began nine days after fighting erupted, and has claimed at least 660 lives — far more than in 3 1/2 years of Israel-Palestinian suicide attacks — according to U.S. military officials. The majority of victims are Iraqis, the U.S. military said. Iraqi officials and police put the death toll higher by at least 100. In the past year, there have been at least 24 suicide bombings, including four where more than one attacker struck at the same target, according to an Associated Press tally and interviews with officials. In comparison, since September 2000, 474 people — the majority Israelis — have been killed in 112 Palestinian suicide bombings. Full Story

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