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Insurgent Attacks Kill Eight Iraqis


Officials in Iraq say insurgent attacks Saturday killed at least eight Iraqis.

In the deadliest incident, a car bomb exploded next to a restaurant in eastern Baghdad, killing at least four civilians and wounding more than 20 others.

A roadside bombing in the southern Baghdad neighborhood of Dora killed three Iraqi soldiers and wounded several others; while in the southern city of Basra, gunmen killed the director of traffic police as he was driving to work.

The U.S. military also announced the death of two Marines from "enemy action" Thursday in Anbar province.

Meanwhile, Iraqi lawmakers are preparing for Monday's parliamentary session.

Friday, representatives of Iraq's main political blocs agreed to establish a commission to select who should fill several government posts, including that of prime minister.

Kurdish and Sunni Arab politicians have rejected the Shi'ite candidate, current Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari. They say he has done little to stop the sectarian violence ravaging the country.

But Mr. al-Jaafari has refused to step aside, telling Britain's Channel 4 News in an interview Friday that he was the "legitimate and democratic choice".

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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