Violence Continues on Anniversary of Invasion

March 19, 2006 - Posted at 1:19 p.m. CST

BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) _ Violence continues in Iraq, on the third

anniversary of the U-S invasion.

One Iraqi in the capital calls this a ''painful anniversary.''

Munthir Rasheed says ''Iraq has passed through three years which

are the worst in its history.''

Iraqi police say eight civilians have been killed in clashes

between U-S troops and gunmen in a town 45 miles north of Baghdad,

in the area targeted by Operation Swarmer.

Two other civilians were killed and ten wounded when gunmen

attacked U-S troops in Ramadi.

Insurgents lobbed a mortar round into Karbala, the holy city

south of Baghdad where a million Shiite pilgrims assembled for a

major religious commemoration.

Meanwhile, Baghdad police have found evidence of more apparent

revenge killings. The bullet-riddled bodies of three men, bound

hand and foot, had been dumped in a sewage treatment plant.

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