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Last Updated: Monday, 11 April, 2005, 08:08 GMT 09:08 UK
Suicide blasts hit US Iraq base
At least two suicide car bombs have exploded at the entrance to a US military base in Qaim, western Iraq.

The blasts caused several casualties, but it is not know how many were American or Iraqi troops, or civilians.

The first blast came after a car rammed a checkpoint outside the base but failed to breach its defences.

Qaim, near the border with Syria, has been the scene of frequent violence and is used for smuggling insurgents and weapons into Iraqi, the US believes.

US helicopters flew over the base after the attack and heavy exchanges of gunfire were heard as insurgents clashed with troops.

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