Car bombs and clashes have shaken the Iraqi capital today (Wednesday), killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens more.
A suicide car bomber killed seven people and wounded more than 50 outside a photocopy shop in western Baghdad where National Guard recruits were preparing their applications.
Another car exploded in Baghdad's upscale al-Mansour district near a U.S. military checkpoint. An American soldier was killed and four others were wounded.
Across town, U.S. tanks and aircraft battled Shi'ite rebels in Sadr City. Local hospital officials say at least 10 people were killed and 70 wounded.
In northern Iraq, an American soldier was killed by a roadside blast in Tikrit, and in Mosul, another U.S. soldier was killed in an attack.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.