Iraq's likely new prime minister says the country's top Shiite religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, believes Sunnis should help draft the new Iraqi constitution. Ibrahim al-Jaafari met Friday with the Ayatollah. Mr. al-Jaafari said the Shi'ite religious leader says it is important that minority Sunni Muslims be included in the political process. Mr. al-Jaafari is the Shi'ite alliance's candidate for prime minister.
The alliance dominated last month's Iraqi general election. Most Sunnis boycotted the election, believing the United States was manipulating the vote. Sunnis governed Iraq under ousted dictator Saddam Hussein. Meanwhile, the U.S. military says a roadside bomb attack northeast of Baghdad killed three U.S. soldiers and wounded nine others Friday. A separate bombing in southwest Baghdad killed three Iraqi civilians and wounded two others. The U.S. military says a terrorist fired into a crowd of civilians who gathered to observe the aftermath of the bombing, killing two others.