New violence shook Iraq today-Wednesday as the Monday deadline for completion of a draft of the country's new constitution draws near.
Police say six people, including at least two police officers, were killed in a car bomb explosion in western Baghdad Ghazaliyah. At least seven other people were injured.
The U.S. military announced that its joint anti-insurgent offensive with Iraqi forces in western Iraq, dubbed "Operation Quick Strike," ended today-Wednesday. The military said 36 suspected insurgents have been detained for questioning. Also nine car
bombs and 28 other bombs were discovered during the operation.
The United States and Iraq's government hope a new democratic constitution will help put an end to the Sunni Arab-led insurgency, but many issues have yet to be agreed upon by Iraq's diverse religious and ethnic groups.