"Gunmen launched a rare, coordinated attack on Iraqi soldiers Thursday in a predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Baghdad and briefly erected the black flag of Al-Qaida in Iraq near a smoldering army checkpoint.
According to an official with the Iraqi Interior Ministry, the death toll included six soldiers and police officers and 10 civilians.
The violence was the latest in a series of attacks in recent weeks claimed by, or attributed to, Al-Qaida in Iraq. Among them were the bombing of the Trade Bank of Iraq, an assault on the Central Bank, a suicide attack on a satellite news channel and the slaughter of more than 40 Awakening Council members.
In Fallujah, in eastern Anbar Province -- the main battlefield of the U.S. fight against the Sunni insurgency earlier in the Iraq war -- three separate explosions on Thursday killed five people, including three Iraqi soldiers."