Iraq says it has reached agreement with Syria to seal their 600-kilometer common border, in a move aimed at stopping foreign fighters from entering Iraq.
Speaking in Damascus, visiting Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Barham Saleh said the agreement calls for specialized security forces from both countries to cooperate in stemming the flow of foreign militants.
Meanwhile, US military officials say a coalition soldier, an Iraqi civilian and an insurgent were killed today during an attack near Mosul in northern Iraq. Officials say a roadside bomb, in the city of Samarra, killed two US soldiers and wounded three others.
Separately, the militant group linked to Iraq's most-wanted terrorist suspect, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, claimed responsibility for Thursday's attack, in Samarra, that killed five U.S. soldiers and at least one Iraqi National Guardsman.