BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - Nine American soldiers died in explosions north of Baghdad, the U.S. military announced Tuesday after the deadliest single day for U.S. troops in Iraq in nearly a month.
Six soldiers died when a bomb exploded Monday near their vehicles during a combat operation in Salahuddin province, the military said. Another three soldiers died the same day in a roadside bomb attack in Diyala province northeast of Baghdad.
Shiites, too, came under attack as they streamed south, mostly on foot, toward a shrine in Karbala ahead of a weekend holiday. Two suicide bombers exploded themselves in a crowd of pilgrims in Hillah, about 60 miles south of the capital, killing at least 10 people, police said.