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Suicide bomber targets pro-Gaza demo in Iraq

 Palestinian refugees shout anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Gaz...
 Palestinian refugees shout anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Gaz...
 A Palestinian refugee shouts anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on G...
 Iraqi soldiers stand by a destroyed car in central Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. The car belonged to a Basra city council official and exploded...
 US soldiers pass by a bicycle used by a suicide bomber in Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. A suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up Sunday am...
 Palestinian refugees shout anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Gaz...
 A US marine and Iraqi police investigate a scene of car bombing just outside Fallujah, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. The car was parked at a lot where...

Iraq Israel Palestinians

Palestinian refugees shout anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Gaz...

Iraq Israel Palestinians

Palestinian refugees shout anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Gaz...

Iraq Israel Palestinians

A Palestinian refugee shouts anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on G...

Iraq Violence

Iraqi soldiers stand by a destroyed car in central Basra, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. The car belonged to a Basra city council official and exploded...

Iraq Violence

US soldiers pass by a bicycle used by a suicide bomber in Mosul, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. A suicide bomber on a bicycle blew himself up Sunday am...

Iraq Israel Palestinians

Palestinian refugees shout anti-Israel slogans as they protest Israel's military intervention in Gaza, one of Israel's deadliest assaults ever on Gaz...

Iraq Violence

A US marine and Iraqi police investigate a scene of car bombing just outside Fallujah, Iraq, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. The car was parked at a lot where...

A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier in Baghdad's Shiite slum of Sadr City on Sunday while an Iraqi died when a bicycle-riding suicide bomber blew himself up amid a mass rally against Israel's airstrikes on Gaza.
The two attacks were demonstrations of the violence that still flares up in Iraq as the government prepares to take responsibility for security from the U.S. military in a few days.
A spokesman for the U.S. military, Army Capt. Charles Calio, said the soldier was killed by a roadside bomb that targeted an American convoy. He said there were no other casualties and the name of the soldier was being withheld pending notification of family.
In the northern Mosul, 16 people in the crowd of about 1,300 protesters were wounded in the attack in the city center, a police officer said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with news media.
U.S. and Iraqi forces continue to battle al-Qaida and other insurgents in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city, where economic and political problems persist. The issues are complicated by Kurdish-Arab tensions in the city.
There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack on the Mosul demonstration, the local police officer said. The rally was one of several throughout Iraq Sunday to protest the Israeli attacks and demand a strong response from Arab governments.
The demonstration was organized by the Sunni Iraqi Islamic Party. The party's Mosul spokesman, Yahiya Abid Mahjoub, complained that police and the Iraqi army had not taken security precautions for the demonstration.
Also Sunday, police in Fallujah said a bomb exploded on the outskirts of the city, killing two civilians and wounding four others.
A police officer said the bomb exploded in a parking lot where farmers and other merchants gather to buy and sell goods. Calio, the U.S. military spokesman, confirmed the casualty toll but added that the bomb targeted a police patrol.
Delivery trucks and other vehicles that do not have access permits for Fallujah are not allowed to drive into the city, which is west of Baghdad.
The officer spoke on condition of anonymity.
Iraq's government condemned Israel's airstrikes on Gaza, which began Saturday.
Iraq's top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, said condemnation didn't go far enough.
"Expressing condemnation and denunciation for what is going on against our brothers in Gaza and expressing solidarity with them by words only doesn't mean anything in the face of the big tragedy they are facing," he said in a statement released by office in Najaf.
"Now more than at any other time, both Arab and Islamic nations are required to take a practical stance for the sake of stopping this repeated aggression and to break the unfair besieging of these brave people," the statement said, without giving details of the proposed stance.
About 100 people took to the streets in Baghdad's largest Palestinian neighborhood, a complex of 16 apartment blocks surrounded by Shiite areas, carrying signs denouncing Israel.
Also Sunday, Iraq's presidency council signed off on a resolution, making legal a parliamentary resolution allowing thousands of British and other non-U.S. troops to stay past New Year's Eve. The approval comes days before the Dec. 31 expiration of a U.N. resolution that gave troops legal authority to operate in Iraq.
The law allows about 4,000 British troops and smaller contingents from Australia, El Salvador, Estonia and Romania to remain until the end of July 2009.
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Associated Press Writers Chelsea J. Carter and Hamid Ahmed in Baghdad contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-02-26 20:58 GMT+08:00