Insurgents have conducted suicide attacks in three Iraqi cities, killing more than 60 people, as U.S. troops battle rebels in a remote area of western Iraq for a fourth day.
North of Baghdad in Hawija Wednesday, a man wearing an explosives belt blew himself up outside a police and army recruitment center where many applicants were lined up.
At least 30 people were killed. In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, authorities say at least 31 people died when a suicide car bomb exploded in a small market near a police station. And in Baghdad, three separate car bombs aimed at police killed at least four people.
Meanwhile, hundreds of U.S. troops pressed on with operations in western Iraq to root out insurgents and followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
A senior military official in Washington Marine Lieutenant General James Conway said there are reports some of the insurgents are in uniforms, and that their training possibly exceeds what U.S. troops have seen in other engagements farther east.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.