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33 dead in suicide attack on Iraq tribal leaders

 The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Gen, O...
 Map locates site of suicide bombing west of Baghdad;
 An Iraqi woman is treated after she was wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A suicide bombe...
 Hiba Mohammed, an eight-year old Iraqi girl,  is comforted by her mother at a hospital in Baghdad, after she was wounded in a suicide bombing attack ...
 Hiba Mohammed, an eight-year old Iraqi girl, is treated at a hospital in Baghdad after she was wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib,  in...
 Relatives of Haidar Hashim, the Baghdadiya television station cameraman who was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib, mourn in Baghdad, I...

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The top U.S. commander in Iraq, Gen. Ray Odierno speaks during an interview to the Associated Press in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. Gen, O...

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Map locates site of suicide bombing west of Baghdad;

Iraq Suicide Bombing

An Iraqi woman is treated after she was wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib, in Baghdad, Iraq, Tuesday, March 10, 2009. A suicide bombe...

APTOPIX Iraq Suicide Bombing

Hiba Mohammed, an eight-year old Iraqi girl, is comforted by her mother at a hospital in Baghdad, after she was wounded in a suicide bombing attack ...

APTOPIX Iraq Suicide Bombing

Hiba Mohammed, an eight-year old Iraqi girl, is treated at a hospital in Baghdad after she was wounded in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib, in...

Iraq Suicide Bombing

Relatives of Haidar Hashim, the Baghdadiya television station cameraman who was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Abu Ghraib, mourn in Baghdad, I...

A suicide bomber struck tribal leaders touring a market in a Sunni area west of Baghdad on Tuesday, killing as many as 33 people in the second major attack in the capital area in two days.
The bombing was part of a spike of violence that comes as the U.S. military begins drawing down its forces.
The bomber detonated an explosives belt as the tribal leaders were walking through the market in the town of Abu Ghraib, accompanied by security officials and journalists, according to the Iraqi military.
Two Iraqi television journalists were among those killed in the attack and one was wounded, according to their stations.
Last Sunday, a suicide attacker killed 30 people near the police academy in east Baghdad.
The high-profile attacks have marred an announcement on Sunday by the U.S. military that 12,000 American troops and 4,000 Britons will be withdrawn from the country by September _ the first step in fulfilling President Barack Obama's pledge to end America's combat role by 2010.
U.S. troops are to leave the cities by the end of June, and the attacks raise questions about whether Iraqi security forces will be able to cope with the persistent violence.
Iraqi police in Abu Ghraib and an Interior Ministry official said the tribal leaders were hit as they left a reconciliation meeting at the district council's office.
Such meetings between Sunni and Shiite sheiks have become common as the Iraqi government tries to promote reconciliation between the Muslim sects after years of sectarian violence that pushed the country to the brink of civil war.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information, said 33 people were killed and 46 were wounded.
But the Iraqi military spokesman's office said 28 people were killed and 28 wounded.
Conflicting casualty tolls are common in the chaotic aftermath of bombings.
The private TV station al-Baghdadiya said two of its journalists were killed in the blast, while Iraqi government television said one of its correspondents was wounded as well.
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Associated Press Writers Sinan Salaheddin and Sameer N. Yacoub contributed to this report.