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Violence Intensifies Days Before Shift of Sovereignty to Iraqis

Fighting raged in at least five cities in Iraq today as suspected Sunni Muslim insurgents launched coordinated attacks that killed about 70 people and wounded hundreds. American and Iraqi officials said the attacks — in Falluja, Ramadi, Baquba, Mosul and Baghdad — were mostly aimed at Iraqi security forces, and could be the opening salvo in a violent push to undermine the June 30 transfer of sovereignty. The heaviest fighting was centered in Baquba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, where two American soldiers were killed and seven wounded, the United States First Infantry Division said. Military officials said aircraft dropped three 500-pound bombs on insurgents’ positions in Baquba. They said the fighters had taken over a stadium and used it as a staging area, spreading out into the city from there. Full Story

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