Violence erupts in southern Iraq
Clashes have erupted between US and Iraqi forces and fighters from the Shia Mehdi Army militia in the southern city of Diwaniya, police and witnesses say.
A ban on vehicles has been imposed on the city following a raid by security forces at about 0500 (0100 GMT), police sources said.
The US military has not yet commented on the reports.
Elsewhere, at least 15 people were killed in a suicide bombing in the town of Ramadi, police say.
On yesterday's IED killing 4 Brits, the smiling face of the Iraqi is holding the helmet of one of the dead Brits. Give you a real warm and fuzzy feeling about purple fingers does it not?
An Iraqi holds a British soldier's helmet after a road side bomb on a British patrol in Basra, Iraq, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, Thursday, April 5, 2007. Four British soldiers and a Kuwaiti interpreter were killed Thursday in an ambush in southern Iraq, the British military said. The patrol struck a roadside bomb and was hit by small-arms fire about 2 a.m. in the Hayaniyah district west of Basra, 550 kilometers (340 miles) southeast of Baghdad, British military spokeswoman Capt. Katie Brown said. (AP Photo/Nabil al-Jurani)
NABIL AL-JURANI: AP