A suicide bomber detonated a truck full of explosives in the crowded outdoor market of a Shiite farming town north of Baghdad on Saturday, levelling houses and stores and killing more than 100 people, officials said.
The blast - hours after a smaller suicide bombing in another Shiite village killed more than 20 - suggested Sunni militants are regrouping to launch attacks in regions further away from Baghdad where security is thinner, beyond the edges of a three-week old US offensive on the capital's northern flank.
The US military on Saturday also reported that eight American servicemembers were killed in fighting in Baghdad and western Anbar province over two days, reflecting the increased US death toll that has come with the new offensives. A British soldier was killed in fighting with Shiite militias overnight in the southern city of Basra.
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