In yet another attack on Iraq's police forces, two suicide car bombs exploded in front of a police station in Baghdad today (Saturday) killing at least seven people and wounding dozens more, many of them policemen.
The explosions were near a checkpoint leading into the heavily protected "Green Zone," which houses Iraq's interim government and the American and British embassies.
Today's (Saturday's) attack follows one Friday that killed 11 policemen in western Baghdad.
Meanwhile, in the northern city of Mosul, a suicide car bomber exploded his vehicle alongside a bus carrying fighters from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan. At least 15 Kurds were killed and dozens of others wounded.
And the U.S. military says two American soldiers were killed today (Saturday) in bomb attacks in Baghdad and Baquba. Six soldiers were also wounded.
Britain's Defense Ministry says 850 of its troops deployed to areas south of Baghdad have returned to their base in southern Iraq.
The U.S. military asked the Black Watch Battle Group to move closer to the capital at the end of October, as American and Iraqi troops prepared to begin an offensive against insurgents based in the city of Fallujah.
Five British soldiers died during the deployment -- four in bomb attacks and another in a road accident.
Britain is the second largest member of the coalition in Iraq, with approximately 11,000 troops concentrated in the southern part of the country.