Four U.S. Soldiers Killed North Of Baghdad

Four soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team died Wednesday when their vehicle struck a roadside north of Baghdad, military officials said.

The military also identified a Marine who died Monday in a homemade bomb explosion near Baghdad.

Staff Sgt. Jay T. Collado, 31, of Columbia, S.C., was attached to Fort Hood’s 4th Infantry Division, officials said.

The deaths come as a wave of sectarian violence sweeps the country.

Officials in Iraq say at least 110 people have been killed across the country, in violence that followed Wednesday’s attack on a Shiite shrine.

The victims include 47 civilians who were shot and left in a ditch near Baghdad.

At least 47 other bodies were found scattered across Iraq and more than 160 Sunni mosques have been reported attacked in a surge of violence that some experts fear may presage a civil war.

President Bush says the bombing of the Shiite shrine is an "evil act" aimed at provoking sectarian bloodshed and he thanked Iraqis who called for calm in its aftermath.

Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting, the President said the destruction of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, north of Baghdad, was a "political act intending to create strife."

He said America is serious about helping to rebuild the mosque.

Meantime, he said he's glad "voices of reason" in Iraq have appealed for restraint.

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