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September 15, 2004 2:00 AM

Headless bodies, bombs raise Baghdad deaths to 150 in 4 days

A U.S. Army patrol found the bodies of three decapitated men Wednesday north of Baghdad, and a car bomb at an Iraqi national guard checkpoint to the south a few hours later killed two people and wounded at least 10. In Baqouba, north of Baghdad, another roadside bomb reportedly wounded four police officers and a civilian. The attacks brought the death toll in and around Baghdad to 150 in the past four days, in a campaign by insurgents to destabilize the interim government. With proposed national elections only months away, American forces are launching attacks to clear out rebel strongholds across Iraqs north and west. But the insurgency has been growing stronger, more violent and more widespread.

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