The U.S. military says two thousand American military personnel have died in combat in Iraq since the start of the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. Officials said the latest casualty was a soldier who died from injuries sustained in an explosion last week in the western city of Samarra.
Meanwhile, insurgents killed at least 17 people Tuesday in attacks in Baghdad and the northern city of Sulaimaniyah. In an Internet statement that could not be verified, al-Qaida in Iraq said it had kidnapped two employees of the Moroccan embassy in Baghdad. Moroccan officials had reported the two men missing since last week.
And Iraq's Electoral Commission announced that nearly 80 percent of voters approved the draft constitution, paving the way for general elections in December. U.N. observers said the results from this month's referendum were accurate.