Iraq's prime minister says international troops will remain in his country until Iraqi security forces are able to counter ongoing violence by insurgents.
Speaking to the National Assembly Tuesday, Ibrahim al-Jaafari rejected the idea of creating a timetable to withdraw U.S.-led coalition forces.
Earlier the Iraqi leader met U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who promised that U.S. troops will continue to support Iraqi forces to deal with the counter-insurgency.
Meanwhile, a car bomb killed three people and wounded 15 others in the northern city of Kirkuk. A separate blast in Tal Afar killed one civilian and injured nine others.
On Monday, Sunni leaders accused Iraqi police of abuse in the deaths of 10 men, who allegedly suffered heat exposure while in police custody.