Iraqi police find 56 bodies in Baghdad
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Special report: Tension escalates in Iraq

Iraqi police patrols found 56 unidentified bodies scattered in different parts of Baghdad on Friday, a police source said.

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    BAGHDAD, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi police patrols found 56 unidentified bodies scattered in different parts of Baghdad on Friday, a police source said.

    "Up to 56 unidentified bodies have been found by our patrols in the past 24 hours, with 34 of them found in western Baghdad," the source told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

    Most of the bullet-riddled bodies were bound, blindfolded and showing signs of torture, the source said.

    Separately, a police patrol found a severed head on the side of a road in the Sab'a al-Bur area in northern Baghdad, the source added.

    The almost daily gruesome body findings, assassinations and explosions in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities were seen as a major setback for the Iraqi government's efforts to stem violence and achieve national reconciliation.

    UN and Iraqi officials estimate that more than 100 Iraqis are killed everyday in insurgent attacks and fighting between Sunni and Shiite factions.
Volunteers pray over bodies before a mass burial in Kerbala, south of Baghdad, Nov. 3, 2006.

Volunteers pray over bodies before a mass burial in Kerbala, south of Baghdad, Nov. 3, 2006. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)
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Five U.S. soldiers die, death toll to 2,824 in Iraq

    BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhuanet) -- Four U.S. soldiers and a U.S. Marine have died in Iraq, the U.S. military said Friday.

    Earlier in the day, the military said that four U.S. service members were killed on Thursday, and three of them were killed in a roadside bombing in Baghdad and one Marine killed in the volatile Anbar province in west of the country. Full Story

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