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At least 12 American service members have died in Iraq since Sunday, and the shelling of the Green Zone has become almost a daily occurrence.
In Washington, Petraeus called Tuesday for an open-ended suspension of U.S. troop withdrawals this summer because of concern over the renewed fighting.
As the number of U.S. forces in Iraq has gradually come down in the past three months, car bombings, suicide attacks, civilian casualties and ethno-sectarian violence have risen.
The military said Wednesday that an American soldier had died from non-combat related injuries. At least 12 American service members have died in Iraq since Sunday, and the shelling of the Green Zone has become almost a daily occurrence.
"We are witnessing the killing of several people released from the occupation detention centers by men belonging to the awakening projects," the Association of Muslim Scholars said, referring to the "awakening councils" that have been a key element of the U.S. strategy to pacify Sunni areas.