Iraqi blast on bridge cut Baghdad link to Syria, Jordan

A roadside bomb killed at least four Iraqi soldiers near the western town of Falluja.

Iraqi blast on bridge cut Baghdad link to Syria, Jordan

A roadside bomb killed at least four Iraqi soldiers near the western town of Falluja on Saturday and a truck bomb in another western city destroyed a main bridge linking Baghdad to Syria and Jordan, police said.

The police said the Falluja attack occurred 2 km (1.2 miles) outside the city -- 50 km (32 miles) west of the Iraqi capital -- on a road linking Baghdad to the former insurgent hotbed. The source said 10 soldiers were wounded in the blast.

In a separate attack, a suicide truck bomber blew up the main bridge in northern Ramadi that gives Baghdad, 100 km (60 miles) to the east, access to Syria and Jordan, a police official said. No casualties were reported.

The insurgency has waned since Washington sent thousands of extra troops and built alliances with Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq's western provinces. Some observers, however, fear an increase in attacks ahead of national elections in January.

Reuters
Last Mod: 17 Ekim 2009, 16:03
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