US troops killed five suspects and captured 30 others on Wednesday in a raid in Iraq's western Anbar province, a day after police uncovered 17 decomposing corpses beneath two school yards in the provincial capital.
The US military also announced a discovery made nearly a week earlier -- 3,000 gallons of nitric acid hidden in a warehouse in downtown Baghdad. US forces found the acid -- a key component in fertilizer but also explosives -- during a routine search operation last Thursday, the military said.
Violence continued to rage today, with mortar attacks and roadside bombings across the country.
Two brothers were killed and a policeman was hurt in a gunbattle in downtown Baqouba, 60 kilometers northeast of Baghdad, police said. The dead were believed to be civilians, caught in the crossfire as police fought unidentified gunmen.
Farther north, 32 mortar shells rained down on Iraqi army checkpoints in two neighbourhoods of Mosul, 360 kilometers northwest of the capital, police said. Six soldiers, a policeman and a pedestrian were injured.
An Iraqi army officer and two soldiers were also wounded at dawn in Tal Afar, 75 kilometers west of Mosul, when gunmen attacked their checkpoint as well, police said.
In the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk, 290 kilometers north of Baghdad, an investigative judge at the city's criminal court was injured in a drive-by shooting, police said.
Judge Ayad Ali Asaad, a Turkoman, was driving with his wife and a guard when gunmen blocked their way and opened fire, police said.