The Iraqi government has named a Moroccan militant as a suspect in a triple bombing that killed 100 people north of Baghdad in September.
Officials offered an unspecified reward for the capture of Mohsen Khayber, also known as Abdul Rahim. He is also wanted in Morocco in connection with bomb attacks that killed more than 30 people in Casablanca.
In an unverifiable Internet statement, al-Qaida in Iraq said it would determine the fate of two kidnapped employees of the Moroccan embassy. The two men disappeared October 20th while driving from Jordan to Baghdad.
In Washington, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, said a recent rise in insurgent attacks was linked to Iraq's constitutional referendum last month.
He said officials also expect an increase in attacks during next month's elections to choose a new Iraqi government.