Iraq: Iraqi police say gunmen have killed a senior government official and three other people in an ambush on a car in Baghdad.
Police say the director-general of Iraq's industry ministry (Adel Abdul-Mehsun al-Lami), his daughter, driver and bodyguard were killed in today's (Sunday's) attack in western Baghdad's Yarmouk district.
In Karbala, thousands of Iraqi soldiers and police are deploying to provide security for Shi'ite pilgrims taking part in the Ashura festival this week.
Karbala's governor (Akhil al-Khazali) says Iraqi forces also have begun blocking roads to prevent car bombs from reaching the city.
On Saturday, a double car bombing in eastern Baghdad killed least 13 people at a market in a predominantly Shi'ite area.
The U.S. military said airstrikes killed 14 militants outside Baquba (north of Baghdad) Saturday morning. The military also reported the deaths of seven U.S. soldiers in roadside bombings since Thursday.
Netherland – US:
The Dutch government has extradited an Iraqi-born Dutch terrorism suspect to the United States, where he is expected to stand trial on charges of planning attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq.
The Dutch Justice Ministry said Saturday that Wesam al Delaema was taken to an undisclosed location in the United States.
He will become the first suspect tried in a U.S. court on charges connected to alleged terrorism in Iraq.
Last month, a court in The Hague cleared the way for the extradition by rejecting a motion by Delaema's lawyers who argued their client would not get a fair trial in the United States.
U.S. authorities say the suspect traveled to Iraq in 2003 from the Netherlands, and met with co-conspirators who planned to kill Americans.
US – Iraq Protest:
Tens of thousands of protesters have rallied in Washington to demand the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq.
War veterans and military families joined U.S. lawmakers and Hollywood stars for the march Saturday in front of the U.S. Capitol. The event was the first major anti-war demonstration since Democrats took control of Congress in November elections.
The organizing group, United for Peace and Justice, said President Bush's decision to send 21-thousand more troops to Iraq sparked the protest.
Similar anti-war protests were held in other U.S. states, and at least one counter-demonstration took place in Washington.
On Monday, hundreds are expected to lobby U.S. lawmakers in Congress to end American participation in the war.
US – Israel: The Bush administration is to present a preliminary report to Congress Monday on whether Israel misused American-made cluster bombs during its war with Hezbollah militants in Lebanon last year.
The U.S. State Department is required to notify Congress about the possible misuse of American weapons under terms of the Arms Control Act, which governs U.S. arms sales.
"The New York Times" newspaper says the preliminary report will say Israel may have violated agreements with Washington by dropping U.S.-made cluster bombs in populated areas of southern Lebanon.
The paper says Bush administration officials disagree about whether to penalize Israel over the issue. The Times also says some officials believe Israel violated U.S. laws, while other officials say Israel acted in self-defense, and at worst committed only a technical violation.
Israel says its use of cluster munitions during the war complied with international regulations.
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