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U.S. Troops Fire on Iraq Truck Bomber

U.S. soldiers opened fire on a truck packed with explosives Saturday, killing the driver, and three Americans were wounded when the truck crashed on a bridge and exploded. The apparent vehicle-bomb attack was in Habaniyah, west of Baghdad. In Amarah, seven British soldiers were wounded in a three-hour firefight with unknown attackers in southern Iraq, coalition officials said. Three Iraqis were killed, British officials said. Meanwhile, Shiite members of Iraq’s Governing Council conferred with the country’s top Shiite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Husseini al-Sistani, to resolve a dispute that held up the signing of an interim constitution. Al-Sistani rejected two clauses in the interim charter — one that would have given Iraq’s Kurds the power to scuttle a permanent charter and another that would have provided for a single president instead of a rotating leadership. Full Story

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