The U.S. military says it is moving about two-thousand troops into Baghdad to help stabilize the security situation in the Iraqi capital.
Officials say the soldiers are coming from northern Iraq and that some will replace others scheduled to leave for home.
The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, would not predict how big a U.S. troop buildup there may be in the capital, or how long it will last. He said Wednesday the troop movement is part of the dialogue in Baghdad and Washington.
General Pace denied reports that all U.S. Marines will be withdrawn from volatile al Anbar Province to help in Baghdad.
The general also said he does not think Iraq is in a state of civil war.
But he said al-Qaida insurgents are trying to generate a level of violence that would make the country ungovernable.
In other news, the U.S. military says Marines rescued a hostage while conducting operations in the town of Fuhaylat. Officials also say coalition forces killed eight al-Qaida terrorists in a raid near Baquba.
One U.S. soldier was killed in fighting in al Anbar province.
In other violence, insurgent attacks in and near the northern city of Samarra killed six police officers. In Baghdad, a bomb killed two people near a major bus station, and gunmen attacked a government ministry.