Iraqi authorities say insurgents have killed a senior official from the interior ministry in escalating violence against the new Iraqi government and security forces.
Officials say Brigadier General Ibrahim Khamas was targeted in a drive-by shooting in southwestern Baghdad, Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the visiting Iranian foreign minister, Kamal Kharrazi, is preparing to meet with Iraq's speaker of parliament Hajem al-Hassani, Wednesday.
Mr. Kharrazi, who arrived in Baghdad Tuesday, has promised not to interfere in Iraqi affairs and pledged Iran's cooperation on security.
After talks with Mr. Kharrazi, Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said Baghdad looks forward to resolving several issues between the two countries, including the fate of missing people and the exchange of remains of soldiers from their eight-year war that ended in 1988.
Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.