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Six More GIs Dead In Iraq Violence

US soldiers of the 501 Special Troops Battalion inspect an abandoned house in a rural area on the outskirts of the northen city of Tikrit, 02 January 2006.
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The U.S. military on Friday announced the deaths of six more American troops killed in the recent barrage of violence that has swept Iraq, bringing to 11 the number of troops killed on the same day.

A U.S. Marine and soldier died in the attack by a suicide bomber who infiltrated a line of police recruits in Ramadi Thursday, and two soldiers were killed in the Baghdad area when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb, the military said Friday.

Two U.S. Marines were killed by separate small arms attacks while conducting combat operations in Fallujah on Thursday, the military said. Five soldiers were also killed by a roadside bomb south of Karbala on Thursday, the military had announced previously.

At least 189 people were killed in a string of suicide attacks and roadside bombs Wednesday and Thursday.

The eleven U.S. deaths were the most in a single day since 11 troops were killed on Dec. 1, when 10 Marines were killed by a roadside bomb while on a foot patrol near Fallujah.

At least 2,194 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began, according to an Associated Press count. The names and hometowns of the eleven troops killed Thursday weren't released.

In other developments:

  • In other violence Thursday, a suicide car bomb killed three Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad, Lt. Col. Thamir al-Gharawi said, and gunmen killed three people in separate incidents, police said, raising Thursday's toll to 136.
  • Rep. John Murtha says the military is blaming him for a recruitment slump instead of recognizing mistakes that have led to an enlistment shortage. "They're trying to direct attention away from their problems," said Murtha, D-Pa., a decorated Marine Corps veteran who has become a leading voice in Congress advocating an early withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a news conference Thursday that Murtha's remarks about Iraq are damaging to troop morale and to the Army's efforts to bring up recruitment numbers.
  • The largest oil refinery in Iraq is closed again. An Iraqi official says the refinery located about 155 miles north of Baghdad had to be closed after insurgents ambushed a tanker truck carrying gas from the facility yesterday. The official also tells Dow Jones Newswires that pumping to the refinery has stopped because its reserves are full. Yesterday's ambush saw four tankers destroyed, another 15 damaged and three Iraqi army vehicles blown up.
  • Final results from the elections were expected to be released within two weeks, and were expected to show the United Iraqi Alliance with about 130 of parliament's 275 seats. That figure is well short of the 184 needed to form a government.

    Suicide bombers penetrated a line of police recruits in Ramadi and a crowd of Shiite pilgrims in Karbala Thursday, killing 125 civilians, a stark surge in post-election violence and the fourth deadliest day in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003.

    Ball bearings from the suicide attacker's vest lay scattered on the bare earth next to Shiite Islam's holiest shrine in Iraq after the Karbala attack. At least 63 people were killed.