Pressure on the US administration to start pulling out of Iraq deepened Sunday with one of the Senate's most respected Republicans calling for an "orderly" withdrawal of troops in the months ahead.
BAGHDAD, July 1 -- A dump truck laden with explosives detonated on a bridge over the Euphrates River on Sunday, the latest in a series of attacks targeting Iraq's bridge network.
The number of civilians killed in Iraq fell sharply in June to the lowest monthly total since a U.S.-backed security clampdown was launched in February, Iraqi government figures showed on Sunday.
Republican presidential candidate John McCain is making his sixth trip to Iraq this week.
As of Sunday, July 1, 2007, at least 3,577 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,934 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
Prime Minister John Howard dismissed a news report Sunday that said he has a secret plan to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq in February.
The President's "surge" strategy can not achieve it's goals of securing Iraq and giving the Iraqi government time to reach a consensus, Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind., said on Face The Nation .
Australian Prime Minister John Howard is secretly planning to begin withdrawing Australian troops from Iraq by February 2008, Australian media reported on Sunday.
Iran Sunday rejected U.S. contentions it supports terrorist groups in Iraq.
A total of 11 people were killed Sunday in Iraq as suicide bombers targeted a police station and checkpoint, while militants attacked a civilian transport.