Suicide car bomber kills 2 US Marines in near Ramadi

A suicide bomber detonated his vehicle Tuesday at a checkpoint near the western city of Ramadi, killing two US Marines and wounding three others, the military said. One civilian also died and two dozen other people were wounded in the 7:30 a.m. blast, the latest in a string of recent attacks that appear to have been carried out by al-Qaida in Iraq. Ramadi is the capital of the former Sunni insurgent stronghold of Anbar province, but has been relatively peaceful since local Sunni tribal leaders joined forces with the US military against the terror movement. Iraqi police said the attacker drove a small water tanker packed with explosives to the checkpoint and detonated them when he reached the guards.