A US soldier from the 1st Armored Division and his Iraqi interpreter were killed in a grenade and small arms attack in north Baghdad on Monday, according to the US military.
Spokesman Cpl. Todd Pruden said the military had no further information on the soldier's death. It brought to 152 the number of US troops killed in action since the March 20 beginning of the war.
Meanwhile, Iraq's US-appointed Governing Council met to discuss appointing ministers. The council met behind closed doors at its headquarters, the former ministry for military industry in central Baghdad, spokesman Mohamed Abdul Jabbar said, according to AFP.
Following the meeting, the Council said in a statement it would send a delegation to meet officials from the US-led administration after a series of reported raids on the offices of Shiite political groups.
Its statement mentioned searches allegedly carried out in offices of the Supreme Assembly of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SAIRI) in a southern district of Baghdad, which the group said had been ransacked. A US military spokesman said he was unable to confirm any of the raids.
Ghazi al-Yawar, a Sunni member of the council, denounced the alleged raids as "criminal... It would have been better if the US troops had coordinated with Abdul Aziz al-Hakim," council member and deputy head of SAIRI.
Also on Monday, the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera TV aired what it said was videotape of a newly created resistance group called the "Jihad Brigade."
The tape showed several men sitting on the floor in white robes with red keffiyas covering their faces. They clutched Kalashnikov automatic rifles and rocket-propelled grenade launchers. A picture of Saddam Hussein hung on the wall.
One of the men read a statement vowing to "take revenge" for all Iraqis killed by American forces. "We will make the earth shake under their feet," he said, calling for a guerrilla war to liberate Iraq.
"We will kill the spies and traitors," said another member, an apparent reference to Iraqis working with the Americans.
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