American death toll in Iraq occupation hits 4,000: Pentagon
Late on Sunday, four US soldiers were killed by a blast in southern Baghdad, bringing the occupation's Pentagon-tallied death toll for American forces to 4,000, MSNBC reports.
At least 61 people have died across Iraq throughout the day, including during an attack on Baghdad's Green Zone, less than a week after the fifth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq.
The deadliest attack of the day was in Mosul when a suicide driver slammed his vehicle through a security checkpoint in a hail of gunfire and detonated his explosives in front of an Iraqi headquarters building, killing 13 Iraqi soldiers and injuring 42 other people, police said.
Iraqi guards opened fire on the vehicle but couldn't stop it because the windshield had been bulletproofed, said an Iraqi army officer. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not supposed to release the information.
Mosul, Iraq's third largest city about 225 miles northwest of Baghdad, has been described as the last major urban area where the Sunni extremist al-Qaida group maintains a significant presence.
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