A new wave of attacks across Iraq killed at least 20 people and wounded dozens on Monday as the government pressed on with its offensive to hunt down al-Qaeda-linked militants in the country's volatile western desert.
The military operation in Anbar province followed the weekend killing of a senior military commander, a colonel and five soldiers in an ambush there during a raid on a militant hideout early Saturday.
Suicide bombers assaulted an Iraqi television station headquarters on Monday, killing five journalists, the latest in a series of attacks against the media, police officers said.
Last week, militants attacked the Tikrit city council headquarters, killing a council member and two police.
"Early this morning, the American soldiers wanted to attack the Mujahidin. They faced heavy ambushes by the Mujahidin. As a result, two American soldiers were killed,", six U.S. soldiers were killed last Tuesday when their aircraft crashed in southern Zabul province.