Car bombs kill lawmaker, U.S. soldier

Interestingly, the part that describes US troops killing an Iraqi Television News Director is buried in the body of this article. It’s weird that 3 journalists killed by the US military within the span of 7 days doesn’t make headlines in this Texas newspaper, despite Reporters Without Borders calling for an inquiry.
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A suicide car bomber killed an influential Shiite member of parliament and his son as they drove to the capital Tuesday, an attack likely to stoke ethnic tensions on the first anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty to the Iraqis.
The attack that killed Dhari Ali al-Fayadh, his son and two bodyguards was one of several around the country carried out by suicide bombers. Other attacks killed one U.S. soldier in Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad, and one in Tikrit. Two soldiers were wounded. At least 1,743 members of the U.S. military have died since the war began in 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
The attacks came as more than 1,000 U.S. troops and Iraqi forces launched ”Operation Sword” in a bid to crush insurgents and foreign fighters in western Iraq — the third major offensive in the area in recent weeks.