Iraq’s prime minister announces the start of a new initiative to end violence in the capital.
A Shia cleric and his son were killed in Mahaweel, about 56km south of Baghdad, as they were heading towards a Shia shrine.
Two more US soldiers have died in separate incidents in Baghdad and western Iraq, the US military said on Sunday.
One soldier died on Saturday from small arms fire in a southwestern section of Baghdad, the military said in a statement. Another soldier died on Friday from combat wounds sustained in Iraq‘s volatile western Anbar province.
Both names were withheld pending family notification.
Iraqi troops backed by US forces searched 33 homes and detained 82 people on Tuesday near Youssifiyah, 20km south of Baghdad, the US military said in a statement.
Those who remain in custody are accused of planting roadside bombs.