Six US soldiers and their Iraqi interpreter were killed when a booby-trapped house in Diyala province exploded, the Washington Post reports. Four others were injured. Another three soldiers were killed Tuesday as tens of thousands of US and Iraqi troops, along with many local volunteers, began sweeping through northern Iraq in a bid to wipe out al-Qaeda's remaining sanctuaries.
Success in combatting insurgents in Baghdad and Anbar province means that many militants have fled to other provinces, especially Diyala. Operation Phantom Phoenix intends to flush them out of these strongholds. As troops move in to regain control, they have encountered less resistance than expected, but militants fleeing the advance have left behind deadly traps.