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.