US military officials say three American soldiers have been killed in separate attacks over a 24-hour period in northern Iraq.
In the latest incident, one US soldier was killed and two others wounded when guerrillas ambushed a US military convoy northeast of Baghdad. A U-S military spokesman says the convoy was attacked with a roadside bomb and small arms fire in the town of Jalawla.
Earlier (Monday), one soldier was killed and two wounded by a rocket-propelled grenade while on patrol in Saddam Hussein's home town of Tikrit.
Late Sunday, one soldier was killed and another wounded when their vehicle hit a land mine near the town of Bayji.
The Tikrit and Bayji attacks were in the northern part of the so-called Sunni triangle, which stretches south to Baghdad, and west to the city of Ramadi, and is considered to be a hotbed of support for ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.
Reports also say that one Iraqi was killed and three wounded in clashes with U-S forces today (Monday) near the town of Baqubah, 60 kilometers north of Baghdad.
In another development, an Iraqi police spokesman says the governor of Iraq's northwest Diyala province (along the border with Iran) escaped an assassination attempt today, when a bomb exploded at the side of a road. Two policemen and a civilian are said to have been wounded in the attack.
On Sunday, at least eight Iraqis were killed and more than 30 people wounded in a suicide bombing outside the Baghdad Hotel in the central part of the Iraqi capital. US officials said several people had been detained after the bombing, but no details were released about the arrests.
The Baghdad Hotel is home to many American officials, security personnel and contract workers, along with members of the US - appointed Iraqi Governing Council.