The United States and Iran plan to hold landmark talks to thrash out security in war-torn Iraq, but will steer clear of the Islamic republic's nuclear ambitions, officials said Sunday.
The United States and Iran said Sunday that they will hold talks in Baghdad about improving Iraq's security a major step for the two countries with the most influence over Iraq's future.
The American ambassador to Iraq would meet with his Iranian counterpart to discuss Iraqi security efforts and cooperation between the countries.
Four thousand US soldiers scoured insurgent territory in central Iraq on Sunday for three comrades, while Al-Qaeda boasted that it had captured the missing troops in a deadly pre-dawn ambush.
The search continued as violence flared anew in Iraq. At least 55 people were killed and 155 wounded in two vehicle bombings.
A former U.S. machine gunner's irreverent memoir about his year fighting in Iraq has won the second annual prize for the best book based on a blog.
The U.S. and Iran said Sunday they will hold upcoming talks in Baghdad about improving Iraq's security — a historic political turnabout for the two countries with the most influence over Iraq's future.
Top US senators said Sunday a climax was in sight to intense bargaining over an Iraq war financing deal palatable to both President George W. Bush and anti-war Democrats.
As of Sunday, May 13, 2007, at least 3,393 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count. The figure includes seven military civilians. At least 2,761 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
A pivotal point is looming in intense US Senate bargaining over Iraq in the quest for a war financing deal palatable to both President George W. Bush and anti-war Democrats.