A truck bomb attack on a U.S. military outpost killed nine American infantrymen in the Iraqi province of Diyala yesterday, and wounded 20 more. The attack was one of the deadliest ground assaults on American troops since the war began, raising the question whether the 10-week-old counterinsurgency strategy is making soldiers more vulnerable.
A separate roadside bomb in Diyala killed a 10th GI, and a car bomb killed a detachment of Iraqi police. Violence has risen in the province, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad, as insurgents fled the crackdown in the capital, the Post reports. Two-thousand new U.S. troops have followed, opening seven new outposts there.