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BAGHDAD — U.S. troops fired on a Canadian diplomatic convoy that failed to obey signals to stop in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone, but there were no injuries, the U.S. military said Wednesday.

A spokeswoman at the Canadian Embassy in neighboring Jordan said four Canadian diplomats, including the charge d’affairs, were traveling in one of the vehicles.

“We are aware of this incident and the American and Canadian authorities are looking into it,” said the spokeswoman, who declined to be named in keeping with embassy policy.

The shooting occurred when the troops tried to stop a convoy of cars approaching them in the Green Zone, the base of numerous foreign missions and the Iraqi government, said U.S. military spokesman Lt. Col. Barry Johnson.

Soldiers find improvised bomb on tracks in IraqSoldiers assigned to Multi-National Division-Baghdad found an improvised bomb planted on a set of railroad tracks south of Baghdad earlier this week, officials said Wednesday.

The bomb consisted of two artillery rounds — a 152 mm shell and a 122 mm shell, soldiers of the 16th Engineer Brigade, which found the device, said. The rounds were attached to a motorcycle battery, two washing machine timers, detonation cord and electric blasting caps.

While Iraq is criss-crossed with railroad tracks, it is uncommon to see an actual train on the tracks. However, civilian cars and military vehicles sometimes use the tracks or frontage roads next to them.

Suspected terrorists caught entering AfghanistanKANDAHAR, Afghanistan — An Iraqi and three people from Pakistan-controlled Kashmir with suspected links to Taliban rebels have been caught sneaking into Afghanistan from neighboring Iran and are believed to have been plotting terrorist attacks, officials said Wednesday.

The arrests reinforced suspicions that insurgents in Afghanistan have ties to militants in Iraq and other Muslim countries.

Meanwhile, two Afghan soldiers were killed and four wounded Wednesday when a mine blew up under their vehicle as they patrolled eastern Khost province, said Mohammed Ayub, the regional police chief. He accused the Taliban of planting the mine.


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