The deputy mayor of Baghdad was killed in a drive-by shooting Sunday night, officials in the U.S.-led coalition occupying Iraq said Tuesday. They said Faris al-Assam was near his home in the capital when the killers struck. His death was a further setback to the coalition, which saw a rocket attack on its main compound Sunday and four suicide bombings Monday which killed 35 people and wounded 230. “Faris was absolutely committed to the welfare of the citizens of Baghdad and the future of the city,” said Hank Bassford, the Baghdad region coordinator for the U.S.-led administration. Full Story
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