Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq in two separate
incidents, as anti-coalition insurgents continue to target troops
and Iraqis working for the coalition.
In one incident, two U.S. soldiers were killed in the northern
city of Mosul as they were driving in a convoy from one military
base to another within the city.
Witnesses say gunmen opened fire on three of the vehicles,
causing one of them to crash. Assailants then approached the
damaged vehicle and slashed the soldiers' throats.
The U.S. military says it cannot verify details of the attack
until families of the soldiers have been notified.
In the second incident, a soldier was killed and two others
wounded by a roadside bomb in the town of Baqubah, 65 kilometers
northeast of the capital, Baghdad.
Baqubah, in the restive Sunni Triangle area of central Iraq,
was the site of the first of two deadly, near simultaneous
suicide bombings Saturday that targeted U.S. trained Iraqi
policemen. Later that evening in Mosul, gunmen fatally shot
an Iraqi police colonel as he headed to a mosque.
Coalition military spokesman Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt
said attacks against the police, aimed at disrupting Iraqi
reconstruction and stability, are not working. "The fact that
they are all coming back to work, the fact that they are all
still doing their job, the fact that they are still providing
security on the streets of their cities. I think that is an
encouraging sign," he said.
Also Sunday, Iraq's Governing Council chose an Iraqi-American
woman to be the new ambassador to the United States.
A spokesman for the Coalition Provisional Authority, Dan Senor,
said U.S. administrator Paul Bremer welcomed the appointment
of Rend Rahim Francke, who until recently led the Washington-based
pro-democracy group, Iraq Foundation. "He thought this was
very good news. Mrs. Al-Rahim had spent the better part of
her career as an activist and an opponent of Saddam Hussein's
regime. Now she will be a voice, activist and leader on behalf
of the new Iraq, representing this country abroad," he said.
The appointment renews diplomatic ties between Washington
and Baghdad, severed in 1990 after Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.
Meanwhile, civilian flights to Baghdad have been temporarily
suspended for a security review following Saturday's apparent
missile attack on an Airbus cargo jet.
The plane made an emergency landing at the Baghdad Airport
after its left wing was reportedly hit by a surface-to-air
missile. If true, it would be the first successful strike on
a fixed-wing plane since U.S. forces seized the airport in