Bomb attacks in Baghdad have killed at least nine people Sunday, while 15 police recruits were killed north of the city.
In Baghdad, deadly explosions occurred in shopping areas filled with people buying goods for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan.
In Baquba, north of Baghdad, 15 police recruits were killed when gunmen ambushed their convoy.
The US military announced that two US troops died Saturday from combat wounds, bringing the death toll of American troops in Iraq this month to 80, the highest monthly toll this year.
The New York Times newspaper quoted US officials as saying the Bush administration is drafting a timetable for the Iraqi government to take on a greater role in security. The White House said the report was inaccurate.
Also today, Britain's Prince Phillip ,the husband of Queen Elizabeth paid a surprise visit to British troops serving in southern Iraq.