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Iraqi Foreign Minister to Meet with Rice

Hoshyar Zebari

Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari meets U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice Wednesday in Washington for talks on the situation in war-torn Iraq.

The talks come a day after Mr. Zebari successfully convinced the United Nations Security Council to extend the mandate of U.S.-led forces in Iraq. Mr. Zebari also told the Security Council that Syria must do more to stop terrorists from crossing its borders into Iraq.

Meanwhile, a suicide bomber blew up his car at a checkpoint near Baghdad International Airport, wounding 15 civilians.

U.S. military officials say insurgents fired small arms at the checkpoint following today's blast.

In a separate incident, U.S. troops arrested four suspected insurgents, including a former secret policeman under the Saddam Hussein regime.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.