이라크군은 1일 수도 바그다드 북쪽에서 무장세력과의 교전중에 적어도 2명의 무장요원을 살해하고 6명을 억류했다고 군당국이 밝혔습니다.

이라크 관리들은 또 이날 둘루이야 마을에 대한 기습공격에서 이라크군 3명이 다쳤다고 현지 관리들이 밝혔습니다.

한편, 북부도시 키르쿠크 외곽에서 발생한 도로변 폭탄공격으로 이라크군 2명이 숨지고 2명이 다쳤습니다. 이라크 관리들은 숨진 병사들이 인근 마을을 순찰하던 중에 폭탄이 폭발했다고 전했습니다.

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The Iraqi military says its soldiers killed at least two militants and detained six others in fighting north of Baghdad.

Iraqi officials say three soldiers also were wounded today (Friday)during the raids in the town of Duluiyah.

Meanwhile, a roadside bomb killed two Iraqi soldiers and wounded two others outside the northern city of Kirkuk.

Iraqi officials say the soldiers were part of a patrol in a nearby village today when the bomb detonated.

Meanwhile, the U.S. military announced it captured nearly 20 suspected insurgents from across Iraq during operations on Wednesday and Thursday.

U.S. President George Bush said Thursday that Iraq's security situation has been improving and appears to have what he called a "degree of durability.