FOUR United States soldiers and four Iraqis died yesterday in one of the bloodiest days in Iraq since the capture of Saddam Hussein.
A roadside bomb killed one US soldier and wounded another when it exploded by a convoy near Baquba, about 40 miles north of Baghdad.
A second soldier was killed trying to defuse a bomb outside the town, a US spokesman said, while two more US soldiers were killed in a mortar attack on a US camp near Baquba.
Guerrillas also wounded two Polish soldiers in an ambush in southern Iraq.
Gunmen killed Sheikh Talal al-Khalidi, a tribal chief who sat on the US-appointed local council in the northern city of Mosul, and his son, Iraqi police said.
In Baghdad, two Iraqis were killed when a bomb exploded on a road near the airport, witnesses said. It was not clear whether the device had been inside the car or had been planted outside.