Insurgents in Iraq killed 25 people in a wave of attacks Monday.
A suicide attack killed 15 people north of Baghdad while several attacks on Iraqi police and soldiers in Baquba killed 10 people. Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terror group claimed responsibility for some of the attacks.
Meanwhile, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said it is absurd to suggest U.S. troops in Iraq would knowingly target civilians. He spoke in response to questions about an Italian intelligence agent who was killed by U.S. forces at a checkpoint. Also Monday, Bulgaria's defense minister, Nikolai Svinarov said an investigation shows U.S. troops were probably responsible for the shooting death of a Bulgarian soldier last Friday.
In political developments, representatives from Iraq's main Shi'ite and Kurdish political factions met to agree on a new governing coalition. Officials say even if they do not agree, parliament will convene for the first time on March 16th.