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Suicide Car Bomb Kills Iraq Governing Council Chief

A suicide car bomb killed the head of Iraq’s Governing Council Monday, dealing a major blow to the U.S. coalition battling a Shi’ite insurgency and a growing prisoner abuse scandal. Abdul Zahra Othman Mohammad, a Shi’ite Muslim also known as Izzedin Salim, was in the last car of a Governing Council convoy waiting at a checkpoint to enter the “Green Zone” coalition headquarters in central Baghdad when the car bomb exploded. The attack underlined the vulnerability of the Baghdad administration just six weeks before the U.S.-led occupiers are set to hand over sovereignty to Iraqis, though officials insisted violence would not derail the political process. At least six people were killed as the blast tore through the crush of cars and pedestrians waiting to get into the heavily guarded compound of Saddam Hussein’s former palaces, blowing bodies apart and melting the asphalt. Full Story

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