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WORLD IN BRIEF: Suicide attacker kills 3 Iraqis, 2 Americans

Suicide attacker kills 3 Iraqis, 2 Americans

BAGHDAD -- A suicide attacker in an explosives-rigged car bombed U.S. and Iraqi forces on joint patrol Friday, killing two Americans and at least three Iraqis.

The bomber struck the convoy of Humvees and Stryker vehicles in the town of Jalula, about 80 miles northeast of Baghdad, not far from the Iranian border, according to Iraqi officials. The U.S. military, which confirmed the casualties, said another six American troops were wounded in the attack.

Although U.S. forces have largely pulled back from urban areas as Iraqis take responsibility for securing their country, Friday's attack illustrates the risks that remain for American troops here.

11 civilians killed in south Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Three international service members and at least 11 civilians died in violence across southern Afghanistan on Friday, including one attack in which a suicide bomber wearing a burqa blew himself up in a bazaar.

Violence has spiked recently in Afghanistan's volatile south as Taliban insurgents step up attacks ahead of a planned major operation by NATO forces to secure the main city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban.

Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, said in Brussels on Friday that insurgents have killed 59 Afghans during the past seven days, 54 of them in Kandahar. He told NATO ministers that insurgents also wounded 116, including 94 in Kandahar.

FBI arrests alleged boss of drug ring

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The FBI has arrested the alleged ringleader of a violent drug-trafficking ring suspected of ordering five recent murders, an agent said Friday.

Jose Claudio Montes, also known as ''Chiki Bazooka,'' was captured Thursday inside a housing project where he allegedly controlled the trade of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, said Luis Fraticelli, special agent in charge of the FBI in Puerto Rico.

Claudio and dozens of associates were arrested as part of a lengthy investigation of drug gangs inside Puerto Rico's housing projects that has led to more than 1,400 arrests since 2006.

Authorities have arrested 41 of 76 people who were indicted by a U.S. grand jury.