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The U.S. statement said "whenever and wherever we find elements of the Zarqawi network we will attack them."
The attack came hours after insurgents fired mortar rounds at a U.S. base on the outskirts of Baghdad's airport, wounding 11 soldiers and starting a fire that burned for over an hour.
That attack, along with a car bomb that exploded outside a police headquarters in Samawah, 150 miles south of the capital, added to the evidence that insurgents have no plans of letting up attacks — even after U.S. coalition authorities handed over sovereignty to an interim Iraqi government on Monday.