American fatalities in Iraq in September appear to have reached the lowest levels in more than a year.
While federal ministries in Iraq have failed to spend on rebuilding projects, local governments have begun bypassing Baghdad to finance regional projects.
The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad disavowed a Senate resolution calling for dividing Iraq into federal regions, a move Iraqi leaders condemned Sunday as a violation of Iraq's sovereignty.
The American Embassy in Baghdad reiterated its support on Sunday for a united Iraq as six political parties objected to a Senate resolution endorsing partitioning the country into three states.
Thousands of Palestinian refugees in Iraq have been ill-treated, with many of them abducted, tortured and murdered by armed Shiite Muslim groups, Amnesty International said in a report published Monday.
Iraq's foreign minister said a high-level meeting next month between the country's neighbors and key international supporters will be the most important yet because it could turn promises of help into action.
As of Sunday, Sept. 30, 2007, at least 3,803 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 3,099 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military's numbers.
The American Embassy reiterated its support on Sunday for a united Iraq as six political parties together voiced their objection to a United States Senate resolution endorsing partitioning the country into three states.
Iraq's Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on Sunday urged Iran not to fan flames of confrontation with the West over its nuclear program, saying the conflict was leading to rising global tensions.
Violence in Iraq during Ramadan has fallen by almost 40 percent from last year, the U.S. military said on Sunday, despite a warning from al Qaeda that it would increase attacks during the Muslim holy month.