An al Qaeda in Iraq leader who was suspected of helping to plan a large scale attack against coalition forces "in the near future" was killed by a U.S. air strike south of Baghdad last Friday, the U.S. military said.
Six security guards were wounded Thursday night when gunmen ambushed the convoy of a top Shiite leader's son, said Haytham al-Hussaini, a spokesman for the head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim.
Iraqi authorities have begun an independent investigation into allegations that U.S. soldiers raped and killed a 14-year-old girl, and killed her sister and parents, near Mahmoudiya in March, the city's mayor said.
Defense attorneys in a military rape-murder hearing on Tuesday emphasized the stress defendants faced, with one private testifying that soldiers consumed whiskey and painkillers to try to cope with duty in Iraq.
One of the U.S. soldiers accused of raping and killing an Iraqi and slaying her family told investigators that after the killings he poured kerosene on the girl's bullet-ridden body, according to testimony Monday in a military hearing.
Four U.S. soldiers charged in connection with the rape and slaying of an Iraqi female and the killings of her family will begin an Article 32 hearing Sunday at Camp Victory near Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
Iraq's prime minister on Wednesday called for an independent Iraqi investigation or at least a joint U.S.-Iraqi probe into the March killings of an Iraqi female and three members of her family as well as her alleged rape.
Two Iraqi lawmakers Tuesday demanded severe punishment for U.S. soldiers accused of involvement in the March deaths of four members of an Iraqi family and the alleged rape of one of the family members.
An Iraqi considered the prime suspect in the 2005 kidnapping of Italian journalist Guiliana Sgrena and who also was sought for questioning in several assassination attempts has been captured, multinational military forces in Iraq said in a statement Thursday.
Violence shook Baghdad and areas outside the capital Wednesday as strikes thought to be fueled by sectarian animosity persisted and Iraqi leaders prepared to huddle to work toward a national unity government.
The U.S. military is blaming a suicide car bomb for a deadly attack on a hospital in Mahmoudiya, 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Baghdad earlier Thursday. Thirty people, most of them Iraqi civilians, were killed, police said.