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Sunday, April 09, 2006

 

AP: More violence marks anniversary in Baghdad

By VANESSA ARRINGTON, Associated Press Writer -- Sunday, 40 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Five roadside bombs killed at least three people in Iraq on Sunday -- the three-year anniversary of the Baghdad's fall to U.S. forces. Iraq police and soldiers bolstered security in the capital to prevent attacks on "Freedom Day."

US troops secure the site of a bomb blast near a Shiite shrine Saturday April 8, 2006 in Musayyib about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq.  In a new attack on Shiite Muslims, a car bomb exploded Saturday near a Shiite shrine in Musayyib, killing at least four pilgrims and wounding 15 others(AP Photo/ALI AL-MAAMORI)US troops secure the site of a bomb blast near a Shiite shrine Saturday, left, in Musayyib about 60 kilometers (40 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq. In a new attack on Shiite Muslims, a car bomb exploded Saturday near a Shiite shrine in Musayyib, killing at least four pilgrims and wounding 15 others. (AP Photo/ALI AL-MAAMORI)

The holiday marks the April 9, 2003 event in which a huge crowd of Iraqis cheered as U.S. Marines hauled down the statue of Saddam Hussein on Firdous Square, marking the collapse of his regime.

American troops killed eight suspected insurgents in a pre-dawn raid north of the capital. Drivers in the capital were stopped and searched by Iraqi forces at extra checkpoints in the city.

"Iraqis are pleased and displeased," said Qassim Hassan, a soldier. "They are pleased because they got rid of tyranny and dictatorship, but they are displeased because they went from bad to worse. The Iraqi street is seething between sadness and terrorism."

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