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At least four Iraqi soldiers were killed and 11 American soldiers wounded on Wednesday when insurgents using a pair of car bombs attacked their combat outpost in northern Baghdad, officials said Thursday.

The attack also wounded four Iraqi troops.

“Eight of the U.S. wounded were transported to Camp Taji. The remaining three U.S. and four Iraqi soldiers were evacuated to a medical facility,” a U.S. military news release read.

The combat outpost, which was not identified by name or location, is jointly manned by troops from the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division and Iraqi soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division.

After the attack, officials said, eight local Iraqis were arrested for allegedly having information about the attack.

Since the “surge” of U.S. troops in Iraq began in January, many troops have moved to smaller bases in neighborhoods. While the bases allow for more foot patrols and give a 24-hour presence in areas where previously there was none, they also are more susceptible to attacks.

U.S. commanders have acknowledged the security challenges but say the change to the smaller bases will prove more effective in the long run.


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