According to a report on Al Arabiya television, more than 41 people have been killed in a US military attack on a wedding party in Iraq.

The Dubai-based network's Baghdad correspondent said the party was being held at a village near the Iraqi-Syrian border.

It did not give any more details.

General John Abizaid, head of US Central Command has meanwhile said the situation in Iraq could become more violent after the 30 June hand-over leading up to elections.

He said the situation could require the deployment of more US forces.