U.S. military officials say a car bomb has exploded in northern Iraq, killing
two people and wounding more than 40, including six Americans.
The car bomb exploded late Tuesday in the northern city of Arbil, outside
a building used by the U.S.-led coalition. A military official said the injured
Americans worked for the Defense Department.
In other incidents, military officials say a U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad
while trying to defuse a bomb. Another U.S. soldier was killed Tuesday and
one was wounded in an attack on a supply convoy in northeast Baghdad. Five
other American soldiers were also wounded in two attacks in the western part
of the Iraqi capital.
More than two dozen American soldiers have been wounded in the past three
days. U.S. officials say there are on average 12 attacks on coalition forces
in Iraq each day.
The attack in Arbil was the fifth major car bombing in the past month, which
include attacks on the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad and on Shiite Islam's holiest
shrine in Najaf. Many Iraqi and coalition officials blame the attacks on remnants
of the deposed regime of Saddam Hussein, seeking, possibly with help from foreign
fighters, to maintain instability in Iraq and undermine efforts at reconstruction.
Meanwhile, Iraqi's interim Governing Council welcomed the decision by the
Arab League to admit their delegation to the foreign ministers meeting in Cairo.
The head of the Council, Ahmed Chalabi, called the delegation's acceptance
a very good development.
Speaking at his first news conference since assuming the rotating chairmanship
last week, Mr. Chalabi said he believes Arab countries are now convinced that
the Governing Council represents all of Iraq. He said this is encouraging,
given the earlier opposition of some countries to the coalition-appointed body.
The Arab League has refused to recognize the Governing Council, saying it
was not chosen democratically. But its foreign ministers this week agreed to
allow the Iraqi delegation to attend its meeting in Cairo.
Mr. Chalabi also announced he will visit Turkey on Thursday. Asked about
reports of Turkish troops being sent to Iraq, he referred the question to the
coalition officials, saying they were responsible for Iraqi security matters.
Nevertheless, he said the goal of the Governing Council ultimately is for all
foreign troops to leave Iraqi soil.