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In Baghdad, suicide bombers who attempted to storm an army base, have killed 12 people and wounded 36.
Sunday's attack comes less than a week after Washington declared U.S. combat operations in Iraq over.
The assault began when a minibus packed with explosives was driven at the back gate of the base. One or two suicide bombers followed on foot, blowing themselves up when they came under fire.
Iraq's defense ministry spokesman said one of the gunmen was wearing an explosive belt and was planning more blasts.
Mohammed Al-Askari, Iraqi Defense Ministry, said, "An Iraqi soldier was watching him from above. He called out for him to stop. He didn't, so the soldier shot him dead before he could blow himself up."
Sunday's assault took place in broad daylight, just over two weeks after dozens of Iraqi army recruits and soldiers were killed by another suicide bomber at the same compound. And it came just a few days after the August 31st end to US combat operations in Iraq.
Baghdad has been on high alert as the US declared the official end to its combat operation. US leaders said the Iraq war was in its final stages and that Iraqi security forces are capable of countering violence in the country.
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