Baghdad police say a suicide car bomber has killed a prominent Shi'ite member of Iraq's parliament, along with his son and three bodyguards.
The blast hit a convoy carrying Dhari al-Fayadh - a member of the ruling Shi'ite-dominated alliance and the oldest member of Iraq's parliament. Al-Qaida in Iraq later claimed responsibility in a statement that could not be verified.
Also today separate car bomb attacks killed one U.S. soldier near Balad and another near Tikrit.
More than one thousand U.S. troops and Iraqi soldiers have started a new offensive against insurgents in western Iraq.
Iraq's foreign minister Tuesday told VOA that the Iraqi government has little to do with the recent talks between insurgent groups and U.S. officials. However Hoshyar Zebari said the political process remains open to all who renounce terrorism.