Violence continues across Iraq's so-called "Sunni Triangle" today (Wednesday) as insurgents reacted to a U.S.-led military campaign to crush them in Fallujah.
In Ramadi, hospital officials say fighting between gunmen and U.S. troops killed nine people and wounded 15 others.
In Fallujah, U.S. aircraft launched more air strikes against insurgents holding out in parts of the city.
In the northern city of Baiji, a car bomb blast near a U.S. military convoy killed at least 14 people. Three American soldiers were among the more than a dozen people wounded.
And the city of Mosul was calmer after several days of fighting as U.S. and Iraqi forces reclaimed police stations that had been seized by insurgents.
Elsewhere, British troops operating south of Baghdad were targeted in two bomb attacks. One soldier was wounded. And two Turkish truck drivers were found killed on a highway between Balad and Samarra.
Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.